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For the first time in nearly four decades a total solar eclipse will be visible to parts of the continental United States on Aug. 21. This image was taken during a 2002 total solar eclipse

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Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.

If you're wondering when the next total solar eclipse will happen across the entire continental US, you'll have to wait a couple more years.

We last had a total solar eclipse in the U.S.in 1979, but this is the first coast to coast eclipse since 1918.

Anyone within the 70-mile-wide path that stretches through fourteen states from OR to SC will experience a total eclipse, arguably nature's most awe inspiring sight.

From Kokomo, the moon will first start to cover the sun at 1 p.m. Texoma will not see a full eclipse. According to NASA, this time solar eclipse would recur on Monday, August 21.

A total eclipse occurs when the sun is completely blocked by the moon's path, revealing the corona that normally can not be seen with the naked eye.

Viewers should use eclipse safety glasses, which are fairly cheap or free, and be sure they include a certified ISO marking found on the inside of the glasses.

Thousands of people in the Kansas City region are expected to view the coast-to-coast eclipse, which is slated to turn day to night for no more than about two minutes and 40 seconds shortly after 1 p.m.

"We really hope that people engage and get excited about it", Jump said.

He also urged caution for drivers on the road when the eclipse happens, even if they haven't made it as far south as the eclipse totality.

Canadians will still need their sunglasses when the solar eclipse occurs on August 21st. Many will provide glasses and telescopes so you can get the best glimpse of the shadow.

Felicity Poe tries a pair of the free glasses, which makes eclipse viewing safe, at the Fauquier County Public Library in Warrenton.

What is the difference in a partial and total eclipse?

It's important to know that you should never look directly at the sun's rays without special eclipse glasses, or else you could permanently damage your eyes.

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