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Track the 2017 solar eclipse

Track the 2017 solar eclipse

Have you heard about this year's solar eclipse? You'll be able to see it on Monday, August 21, 2017. That may seem like a long way off but it will be here before you know it.

To ease the wait and educate the masses, NASA set up an entire site for the celestial event. It has information about the eclipse's path, the best way to watch it, viewing parties, activities and so much more.

The "Eclipse 101" tab will teach you everything you need to know about this particular event, like where and how to view it. There are also several details about who has the best view. Millions of people will be able to see a partial eclipse which is when the moon only blocks part of the sun. However, looking straight on at a partial eclipse will harm your eyes so make sure you read tips about safely viewing the eclipse.

Psst: I'm sure you'll want great photos to remember the momentous occasion. But a regular point and click camera won't do the trick. Read our tips for photographing the solar eclipse.

People in 14 U.S. states will get to witness the total eclipse, which creates the effect of a ring of light that forms around the moon. Watch this video from NASA to see the path.

Psst: If the eclipse isn't passing over your state then maybe you could plan a little vacation to see it. Here are some tips for getting low airfares.

The "Events" tab has a list of NASA's viewing locations and local events that have been planned along the eclipse's path. You can even apply to host a public event in your hometown. The "Science" tab is for astronomy lovers who are interested in all the nitty-gritty details. You can read about different observation missions and research projects. Click the "Activities" and "Education" tabs for projects you can do at home and lessons tailored to different age groups. "Resources" has interviews with scientists, more videos and pictures, and programs you can download.

To start exploring this wealth of information, just click the blue button below!

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