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Solar eclipse set for next August

FARGO -- A full solar eclipse is coming next year, the first one visible from the continental U.S. since 1979. However, those in the Upper Midwest won't be able to see a full eclipse when it happens Aug. 21, 2017.

FARGO -- A full solar eclipse is coming next year, the first one visible from the continental U.S. since 1979. However, those in the Upper Midwest won’t be able to see a full eclipse when it happens Aug. 21, 2017.

North Dakota will see a 75 to 80 percent obscured sun that day. A full eclipse will be seen from Oregon, through the central portion of the country and down to South Carolina.

Solar eclipses happen once every 18 months. Unlike lunar eclipses, solar eclipses only last for a few minutes, NASA says.

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