Americans set for midday eclipse on Monday

Clayton Uyeda and his wife Jo are photographed in Victoria, Canada. The couple will be enjoying the partial eclipse while travelling from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen ferry terminal on the mainland. (The Canadian Press via AP)

SEATTLE – Millions of Americans are converging on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday.

It will be the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the US in 99 years.

With 200 million people within a day’s drive of the path of totality, towns and parks are bracing for monumental crowds.

It’s expected to be the most observed, most studied and most photographed eclipse ever. Not to mention the most festive, what with all the parties.

Astronomers consider a full solar eclipse the grandest of cosmic spectacles. Southernmost Illinois state will see the most darkness: 2 minutes and 44 seconds.

All of North America – Canada, the United States and Mexico – will get at least a partial eclipse.

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