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By Ben Muir 

The 'Great American Eclipse' is approaching


August 17, 2017

The country is preparing for an astronomical moment that hasn’t happened in 99 years, and southeast Alaska will witness about 60 percent of it.  

For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will cut through the United States on Mon., August 21. A 70-mile wide totality line will move through the country, starting at Oregon and ending in South Carolina. People within that line will see the moon pass between the sun and earth completely, causing a brief period of daytime darkness, said Rick Braun, a land surveyor and Petersburg resident who is in Oregon to watch the total eclipse....

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