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What the solar eclipse will look like in central Ohio

(National Science Foundation)

The U.S. is less than one month away from something that hasn’t occurred in 38 years. A total solar eclipse will traverse the lower 48 from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday, Aug. 21.

The best views will be along the path of totality. This stretches from Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT to Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.

“Totality” is the period during a solar eclipse when the sun’s photosphere is completely covered by the moon. Looking at the maps in the gallery, you will be in totality longer the closer you are to the middle of the path. On the edge of the path of totality, the time you will be within the shadow will be shorter.

Central Ohio will see a partial eclipse at 87 percent. Vox.com shared a tool where you can type in your zip code to virtually see what the eclipse will look like to you.

The last time a total eclipse occurred over parts of the lower 48 was in February 1979. Totality stretched over parts of the Pacific Northwest before moving into Canada.

You won’t have to wait nearly as long for the next total solar eclipse to visit the U.S. April 8, 2024 will feature the next one, which will move from Texas into the Ohio Valley and eventually the Northeast.

And remember, the eclipse will only last about two minutes, so it will be short but definitely spectacular.

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