The year 2017 may be an anomaly for more reasons than we can count, but the universe has a gift for all of us this summer.

On Monday, Aug. 21, a rare total solar eclipse will take place in an event NASAdubbed the Eclipse Across America. This special eclipse will be visible in the daytime across North America from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina.

NASA defines an eclipse as what happens when “one heavenly body, such as a moon or planet, moves into the shadow of another heavenly body.” A solar eclipse happens about once every 18 months, including annular eclipses and partial solar eclipses. But a total solar eclipse is an unusual phenomenon that hasn’t been visible in North America since June 8, 1918.

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By Melissa Kravitz

July 19, 2017

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