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Total Eclipse of the heart (or the country, anyway)

Almost every state will get a glimpse of today's rare total solar eclipse

On Monday, from 10:16 a.m. in Oregon to 2:48 p.m. in South Carolina, a total solar eclipse will move in a 67-mile-wide swath across parts of 14 states, with the rest of the continental United States witnessing only a partial eclipse. The "totality" — when the moon completely covers the sun — will last only about 2-3 minutes in each location, and it is very important that people don't look directly at the sun during any part of the eclipse without special solar-filter glasses, as staring at an eclipse can lead to permanent eye damage. (Also, make sure the glasses aren't fake.) You can read more about eclipse-watching here, and in case you don't have Bonnie Tyler tickets or plans to watch the eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots, USA Today has a handy interactive map for how much your area will see and when.