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Comparing this year's eclipse to the last

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) On August 21 a total solar eclipse will sweep across the county bringing an historic moment to America.

The last time anyone in the United States was able see a total solar eclipse was on February 26, 1979. That eclipse's path of totality began along the Pacific Northwest coast, near the border of Washington and Oregon.

The total eclipse began near Portland, Oregon at 8:13 a.m. and lasted about 2 minutes. The path spanned 5 states, moving through northern Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. Before the moon's shadow moved into Canada, the total eclipse began in Portal, North Dakota at 9:38 a.m. and ended at 9:41 a.m.

Now, 38 years later, we get another chance to see a total solar eclipse.
This time, the path of totality will span from coast to coast.

This year's eclipse will begin later in the day and farther south... but not much. Beginning on the coast of Oregon at 10:15 a.m. lasting for about 2 minutes. It will span the country, through the central plains and off the east coast, with its final US destination off the coast of South Carolina with a max at 2:47 p.m., lasting about 2.5 minutes.

Overall, this year's eclipse will span a whopping 14 states, giving more people an opportunity to see it.

A total solar eclipse can usually be seen somewhere on Earth every 18 months. But, If you stay in one place, you'll be waiting a while to see one.

The probability of a solar eclipse happening in any particular location is once every 375 years.

The next total solar eclipse visible from the US will be in 2024.