Alaska to get partial view of solar activity during upcoming 'great American eclipse'

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - In August, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States as part of what's being called the "Great American Eclipse."

It's been 99 years since a total solar eclipse crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

On August 21, 14 states will experience about two minutes of darkness as the eclipse crosses from coast to coast.

Elsewhere in North America, like in Alaska, only a portion of the sun will at least partially disappear near midday.

As for what Alaskans can expect to see, Geronimo Villanueva, a NASA scientist said the eclipse will be roughly 45% of the sun.

The phenomenon will be observed between 10:15 a.m. Pacific time in Oregon, until about 2:45 p.m. Eastern time in South Carolina.

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