There’s a total solar eclipse today, but the big event is next year in the U.S.

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Start making your plans for Aug. 21, 2017.

After today, that’s the next time the moon will pass directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow for a total solar eclipse. While the phenomenon is not especially rare — there is one approximately every year-ish — the location changes. It can be very difficult, and often very expensive, to reach the spot where the moment of total darkness, or “totality,” will take place.

Today’s eclipse, for example, is primarily passing over open ocean. Residents and visitors of some of the islands in Indonesia will be the only people to get a view from land. In 2015, totality was only visible from land on the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, in the North Atlantic. Read more…

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Reem Nori

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