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For the first time this century, the sun will partially disappear behind the moon over the US on Sunday afternoon, about 6:32 p.m. Pacific Time.
The eclipse will begin over Asia on Monday morning, when it will be visible in southern Japan and southern China.
In the United States, the eclipse will be visible on a path from northwestern Texas through New Mexico, northeastern Arizona, southern Utah, Nevada, northern California and southwestern Oregon.
The moon will pass in front of the sun, creating the solar eclipse above much of the West Coast leaving a “ring of fire” around the moon in what is known as an annular eclipse. The solar event will be best viewed from 33 national parks that will experience the full effect, the Christian Science Monitor notes, but more than 100 other parks lay in the path of the eclipse and guests will be able to view at least a partial show. But sorry, East Coast: In the US, the Eastern Seaboard will be completely unable to see the event.
Many national parks in the west are planning viewing events, but for those who can’t make one, the Guardian helpfully reminds you not to stare directly at the sun, even during an eclipse—and you also need to use a solar filter if you plan to look through binoculars or a telescope. The annular eclipse, which last occurred in 1994, will also be visible from parts of Asia.
Many thanks to Newser and CNN for their story contributions.