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k) (james) now lets go to lydia at nasa ames in mountain view. ( lydia ) we will be live inside at 8am >> she will get her earpiece fixed in a bit. we are also live in the field with -- speaking with people at the nasa facility in mountain view. it has been fun to check in with her throughout the morning. >> and fremont we will check in with rob. let's start with lydia.>> reporter: we are here at the nasa ames research center. you can see this little guy here. tell me what you built. this is amazing. this is one of the ways he is watching the eclipse safely. >> this is a little camera
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stand. i taped binoculars to the stand. i put holes -- a hole in the cardboard. the black cardboard. to put it on one of the eyepieces. it projects it onto this white cardboard.>> it is a safe way to watch the eclipse right? >> yes>> i tried to angle the camera so you can see the eclipse right there. you can see the spot here. you are pointing at it right there. that is the eclipse that you see. >> that was lydia -- at nasa ames. let's go to fremont.>> reporter:>> we will go to his life picture in a moment. we want to show you the live photos as we get closer to totality. just 14 minutes until we reach totality on the west coast.
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oregon one of the first spots that will see a total eclipse. further east across the country the eclipse is in the earlier stages. >> it is interesting to see. cameras track this through that path of totality all the way through the east coast. our partner at cnn -- their camera network is incredible. some interesting facts about the path of totality. it is only 70 miles wide. that very narrow path. the swath of ground that will be completely eclipsed by the moon. it is pretty fascinating. that shadow moves pretty quick. about 1500 miles per hour. because everything is so big on the astronomical scale it will take the better part of the day. to get from one coast to the other. >> we have an astrophysicist here. we will talk to him in a minute. let's go to fremont. they had a glimpse of the eclipse a moment ago.>>
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reporter: you bet we are. it is interesting because the eclipse is dodging in and out between the clouds. we get a lot of cheers every time it does so. people are looking up. we will tilt over this way. we have a lot of folks lined up. hold on guys. we are getting a little bit of the eclipse appear folks. maybe give me a minute or two. needless to say we have a lot of excitement right now for the eclipse. >> we will check back with you. joining us to talk about the eclipse is doctor mark -- a physicist. exciting to see -- one of the most exciting things about the eclipse is the interest in science. >> that is great.
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it is great to see a lot of young kids getting interested about the sun. if you happen to have a disappointing view today what i would encourage you today -- to do is to go to the makeup movie website. that is a collaboration between google and berkeley. you will have thousands of photographers from all across the path of totality floating images. google will turn them into a continuous movie. you will be able to see how the corona changes over the course of totality. >> we have 50 different views as well if you want to check it out to the mobile app. we will see the corona -- the outer ring of the sun. you have a probe heading there next year. >> that is correct. the parker probe with some instrumentation. at berkeley we built the electric field and tennis. and also some instruments to
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measure electrons and ions. we are looking forward to getting the opportunity to get data and try to figure out what makes the corona so hot now. >> also maybe the effects on earth. what answers -- questions are you hoping to answer but getting that close? >> one of the things we want to address is the effects of the sun on earth. we live in something called a helio sphere. which is a little bubble of plasma. with the sun at the center. electromagnetic activity on the sun can affect us on the earth. there is the solar storm -- called -- that can affect things +++like gps. óno carri0
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it is interesting what google is putting together. one of the most photographed events of all time. >> they will have a preliminary movie as early as this afternoon. go check it out. eclipse mega.movie. >> will have you with yes throughout the morning. we are reaching the point of totality on the west coast. eight minutes away. >> you can see that sliver crescent moon -- crescent sun this morning. that is what we will see around the bay. it will be a partial. looking similar to the screen. >> let's check back in with teresa. >> >> reporter: i am here with some friends who decided to get up early. tell me what you are looking forward to about this
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historical experience. >> just the fact that it is historical. it is something that i haven't seen in my lifetime. i love the fact that nasa is live streaming it and giving people opportunities to learn from it. > reporter: think of something you will remember for years to come. >> it is. it is great to share it with all of these people.>> reporter: it is nice to see people don't have their heads in a phone. they are actually looking up. >> we were over in the auditorium in the dome. it is fun to be with thousands of people watching it live. > reporter: very good. thank you very much. enjoy. it is still foggy. they are bummed about that. certainly something to look forward to no matter what. >> we will be right back. as the morning news continues with our special solar eclipse
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coverage. seven minutes away from totality on the west coast. (james)
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we are back. thank you for joining us. we are five minutes away from totality as we continue to monitor the solar eclipse. >> the moon is actually the sun. you can see the moon and black covering the sun as we started the eclipse with the moon moving in front of the path of the sun. we are just four minutes away from totality here on the west coast. a lifeblood from big summit prairie in oregon. one of the spots within that 70 mile stretch where there will be totality sweeping across the united states. >> the moon will block out the entirety of the sun. in the bay area we will see a partial eclipse. basically what you see right now. we will get that sliver of a son as opposed to the complete blackout. >> to share your pictures with us with the mobile app.
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a lot of lines around the bay area as people are getting ready and getting a glimpse of this amazing event. >> is pretty incredible. we have been tracking it from various positions. we have been at the science center and nasa ames. and in fremont as well and the library where there are a lot of kids that come together to watch it. that is an example of what is being played around the country. >> there are some rumors you could damage your smart phone. most phones come equipped with filters to limit damage in your camera. they might not be safe for the newer smart phones that use larger lenses. if you have one of those you might want to take precautions. put your eclipse glasses in front of the phone lens. do not look at the sun without your eclipse glasses. >> just a quick note for anyone with a d slr camera. if you look through the viewfinder you will get that same damage to your eyes.
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don't think just because you have a camera you are protected. you are not on this you have a special filter. >> joining us throughout the morning because we are three minutes away. we have -- talk about how the sun is 400 times larger than the moon. but the moon is 400 times closer. that is why something as small as the moon can block out the sun. the moon is going around. to have this actual lineup is a rare event. >> the moon's orbit is tilted. most of the time in the new moon the moon will pass either above the earth's line or below the earth's online. that is why it is a rare event. that we get these things perfectly lined up. >> that helps explain why when we were showing them map of the path of totality it is a diagonal.>> it is a combination of the tilt of the earth on its
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axis and the tilt of the moon's orbit. it is pretty complicated. >> we get totality in oregon. the bay area -- at the point of totality will -- we will be 75% coverage. >> it will get a little bit darker. you won't be able to see the corona unfortunately. you can see a nice crescent like this. >> in the bay area we will see the mona slide off. >> that is right. >> as we look at this live picture from big summit they are going to get a total eclipse. once we get to that very edge of the sun. i have heard people describe it as a flare or some sort -- like a diamond ring. that last bit of light wrapping around the surface of the moon. >> you will actually see if you are in the path of totality. you can see a few flashes of
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light that come from valleys on the moon's surface. those last few bits of sunlight get through just before the eclipse. >> here is a better view from nasa. how long will totality last on the west coast? >> about two minutes. at that point the people in the past will be able to take off their glasses and see the corona which is supposed to be an amazing sight. >> you can actually take your glasses off for that brief time? >> yes. >> it is a sliver of a son left. the countdown clock has taken down to zero. our clock not quite as precise as nasa. we are just about there. especially in that box on the left you will see that last sliver of light disappear as the moon slips completely over -- between us and the sun. just a little bit left hanging on. it is incredible to watch.>> as you can see the view -- there
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it is. there is the corona. that you want to inspect much more closely. >> that is plasma. that is ionized gas that has a temperature of over 1 million degrees kelvin. it is still very mysterious. we don't understand. >> people don't think the sun has an atmosphere. that is its atmosphere. does it behave similar to ours? >> it is a little bit different. on earth that you get colder as you go from the surface outward. on the sun you are actually getting hotter for a little while until you get up to 1 million or so degrees. that atmosphere expands throughout the entire solar system to create a helio sphere. >> the earth is in the helio sphere. >> you hope to answer the differences in temperature around the corona?
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chal years from now if you manage to see both. you will see a different corona. >> it is amazing how people from across the country, hundreds of thousands of people have driven up to oregon. hotels have been booked for years. just to get an opportunity to witness this event. what draws people to this? to see this in person. so many people say i have to see it in person. >> i think it is the rarity of it. the chance to see something you might be able to see a few times in a lifetime. that is what is special about it. >> going back millions of years the earth sun and moon have played important factors in our lives as humans. people attach meaning and symbolism to those bodies as they move around each other.
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there is that level in layer to this. a certain mystery. >> we still don't understand everything about space. about the sun and the moon. >> an exciting time for people interested in science. things bigger than us out there today as we watch the moon completely block out the sun to our north with totality of the solar eclipse. >> i don't know if we have the camera angle -- in the control room if there are ground shots from around the areas where they have totality going on it would be great to see what it looks like when it is that dark at this time of day. it is pretty impressive. i don't know. >> is in total darkness in those areas? >> it does get dark. but you will see all around the horizon -- the moon only blocks out a small part of the surface. >> the horizon will be blue in the sky will blacken.>> people
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can see stars. >> i wonder if we have a location for this live shot from the ground. i think this might be in the area near oregon salem -- perhaps portland. it is dark at 10:19 am. it is like midnight in those places. >> one thing people report is animals behave in odd fashion. animals want to go to sleep when the sun goes down. >> the circadian rhythm. >> the birds will make a racket.>> a lot of zoos across the country will be studying animal behavior. taking observations with the animals at the zoo to see what kind of effect it has on them. >> that is pretty incredible. it almost looks like a filter in front of the camera lens. that is what it looks like if you are in one of these places where the sun is completely blotted out by the moon. people have been traveling hundreds of miles to get to
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this location. once or twice in a lifetime you experience something like this without traveling around the world. >> looks great in oregon and other places in the west. they have clear skies. >> there was concerned about smoke from fires that were burning. it looks like a clear view and that 70 milewide path of totality that people have traveled far and wide to see. the swap across the u.s. we see on the west coast duplicated over the next several hours as this makes its way east with the shadow traveling 1500 miles per hour across the u.s. >> that is pretty incredible. talk to me about the project you guys are coming up -- we can see the corona and some of these shots. the project is slated -- be parker prob. >> when does it arrive at the destination you wanted to.? >> the parker solar probe will launch in late july early august of next year.
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it goes pretty much straight toward the sun. it uses gravity from venus in order to get closer and closer to the sun. it will take several years for it to get as close as it will ever get. even a few months after we launch we will get interesting data from closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever been. >> how close is that compared to mercury which is the closest thing most people can think of of? >> mercury is about -- it will be 10 times closer. a little less then mercury is. will be quite a lot closer than anything. >> what an incredible view this morning. you see the corona edge of the sun. with the moon completely blocking the sun with this total solar eclipse as we continue our special coverage. a reminder to be a part of our
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coverage and send in your pictures and video. to our mobile app. you continue watching this on our facebook page. an incredible view of totality has come to an end in western oregon. the sun starting to come back on the other side is the moon path travels right in front of the sun. >> we are starting to see daylight again on the right side of the moon. he incredible to watch. we will take a brief break. a lot more coverage left to come. stay with us.
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(mark) welcome back. as we continue our special coverage of the total solar eclipse. you are looking at two views
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from different parts of the country. on the right totality has ended. that is at big summit prairie oregon. on the left we are waiting for totality to start. a live picture from casper wyoming. incredible to see this view across the country. with the 70 mile swath of totality. making its way from oregon to south carolina. on the east coast they are waiting for it to begin. >> we will take a quick break and back with our continuing coverage in our solar eclipse show.
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and (mark)(james) taking a look at welcome back. we continue our special and extended total solar eclipse coverage. we just have totality in oregon. we are waiting for it in idaho. we have a view here in the bay area on the left-hand side. >> lydia has been down with people at nasa ames and the people who have come together to witness this. what a great looking shot
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lydia. >> we have some of the best views in the bay area. there is a lot of bald in some areas. but here in the silicon valley things are looking good. you can see the beautiful shot of the eclipse. i have people who have been watching it. you brought your children here. you won't see them because we want to make sure you see the eclipse. you brought your children. how hard was it to get a space here? >> it was pretty hard. we were able to get a last- minute spot. it was very hard. they sold out in minutes. we were able to get here. we got access. we came inside and there was a lecture from top nasa astronomers. we came out here and we have had a beautiful view. the clouds cleared up. >> how old are you? >> i am 10>> you are 10 years old. earlier we heard from him in a
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show and he made his own projector to watch the eclipse. you said you made it because you guys could not find glasses. >> yes>> tell me about the temperature. you have been monitoring the temperature. >> right now the temperature is at 75.9 degrees fahrenheit. it has been dropping and rising all eclipse. the clouds have been changing. so yes. >> you say at the lowest temperature was what? >> i think it was 72 point to or something.>> reporter: we are just going to say it. he doesn't want -- you want to go in astronomy. >> yes. or marine biology. >> that is not surprising. that is pretty amazing. your son is monitoring the temperature. where did he get that idea and come up with the project there? >> he has been looking at
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nasa's website. his grandmother actually found this citizen scientist project they are doing. they have asked people across the globe to record this information. they had an amazing app. it prompts you to record the temperature. you also have to report the clouds. there is going to be scientists and teachers. people across the country will be using the data to do some research.>> you were talking about the fact that he loves science. you wanted him and his sister to be involved. anything you can do to make ry#s that happen. >> he has been talking about science since he was knee high. he loves science. last summer we took him to the jet proportion labs in california. it is all he watches at home. for him this is such a major event. once in a lifetime event. we just do not want him to miss
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out. as much as they love science we will keep nurturing that. it is very important. >> you can see the eclipse moving in the camera. i was taking a look at my camera. you can see it has moved up to the right of the screen. obviously put a lot of work into this. >> it is sad to see it come to an end. >> yes a bit. >> it is really cool i got to do this. the weather is dropping more and more. right now it is that 75.7. >> what was it like hearing from the scientists here in hearing from them and listening to them speak before the eclipse? >> really exciting >> i learned a lot. it is just really cool to watch the eclipse. >> as far as the crowd goes,
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people are lucky they got to watch it here. events going on with the nasa. that is how you were able to get here. >> the information they put out the various apps and website and preparation. they put a lot into it. at home we are recording their feet. they have been wonderful and accommodating. we are really lucky that we have nasa. and we can have access to all of this amazing. not only science the beautiful minds. the people were fantastic. she threw in symbolic -- bonnie tyler. >> that is the theme for this eclipse. we are live in the silicon valley. incredible view around the bay. the temperature dropped was a noticeable thing. people on the bay area says it feels like january right now. the clouds of gotten darker for a lot of people. there is the view from big
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summit prairie oregon. already past totality. the moon is starting to make its way off the face of the sun as far as our view on earth. >> a lot of sunshine in mountain view. in fremont he has been at the library. with a bunch of people. you are looking skyward. do you see it? these glasses come in handy. i hesitate to say this.
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(mark) (james) joining us
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we will check with you people being excited about the eclipse. let's join with a physicist from berkeley. this is an exciting event that will continue across the united states. >> that is true. i think 93 minutes from salem to charlotte in south carolina. one of the things that google is doing is putting together a movie. they will have a movie that is 93 minutes long. there actually -- this is a citizen science project. if you have great pictures of the eclipse, you can submit them and they will be put into a data that that scientists and researchers will use to help us learn about the sun. you can submit pictures until
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labor day. >> the kids that we saw, their images will help scientists? >> they can contribute. yes, i think you can. the most useful ones will be the people in the path of totality and there are a few -- over 1000 people who have had specialized training. they will take images with very nice [ overlapping speakers ] and that will fade into google mega movie. really come it will be a valuable resource for years to come. >> it is an amazing moment when we saw the corona when the moon started to slide and it gives you a glimpse that people can have with the naked eye and you can see the sun. it is an amazing thing to see. them people to the east will see more. we had live looks from wyoming
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which is close to totality as well as idaho. also wyoming as we approach totality a few moments from now and you can see on the west coast with the summer prairie shot where totality has passed. >> we will take a quick break and we will be back. and do not forget her facebook, we will stream at life. take it with you if you have to leave the house and watch our coverage. when you're close to the people you love, does psoriasis ever get in the way of a touching moment? if you have moderate to severe psoriasis, you can embrace the chance of completely clear skin with taltz.
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look at live we are back. the time is 10:42. that is casper, wyoming. they are just now reaching totality. >> how about that ? >> we will witness this across the nation with totality reaching the u.s. and that is
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the critical view as you can take off your glasses in these locations and you can see the sons corona. that is from denver on the right-hand side and casper is on the left. there is a pass from coast to coast across the united dates, the first time in 99 years.'s back that is incredible. >> we have seen this play out this morning as we switch from one camera to the next. it does not get any less impressive. it is nice to see the corona hailing around the shadow of the moon. >> my friends text me. they said there is nothing you can compare it to. there is a 360 degree sunset and it got very cold. it was a strange light. people are traveling across california to head to the north and east.
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the bay area is saying they are traveling as far as st. louis. >> as we take a close look, you can see an interruption on the surface of the sun, a player popping up and that is what scientists love study when we have the total solar eclipses. >> it is an incredible view on the right-hand soul of the screen. >> is not a solar flare? >> it is a magnetic field structure that is coming out from the service of the sun. >> again, we were talking off- camera and you said the best way to examine and daddy the layers is with the moon that is blocking the surface of the sun so you can study the atmosphere.>> the best way from the surface of the earth, this is a view where we can really get -- us who live on earth, we can only get this view during the total solar eclipse time.
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>> that is incredible. >> i am sure as images are taken across the country, that will feed into a knowledge database that scientists can pick through and studied the outer edge of the shadow of the moon and animal -- analyze the players. >> there is a lot to learn. >> this may help us refine our knowledge of the size of the sun . >> really? >> yes. we may get a more precise measurement from the observations in this it claps. >> to have a total eclipse like this and to cw as the sun comes out, this is and casper, wyoming as totality is coming to an end and no mood is sliding out and completely blocking the sun. totality last two minutes ? >> two minutes. some come lost longer. at the maximum come up to seven
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minutes long. >> that is incredible. >> i imagine scientists are salivating and waiting for the imagery to come in from average or per national photographers that are along the path of totality documenting this. already, this is rare by the fact that it is in the contiguous 48 states from the east coast to the west coast. >> this is the most photographed solar eclipse ever . you know, the best pictures ever taken. it will be a great opportunity for citizens who are interested in the physics as well as physicist who really want to dig into the data. >> millions of americans are watching right now. we will continue our coverage. during the break, you can watch on kron4 facebook page as well
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as www.kron4.com and the kron4 mobile app.
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we are back. >> look at that shot. this is a live shot courtesy of the cameras in casper, wyoming. you can see the solar flare coming off the surface of the sun and it is locked out by the moon which is making it possible for us to get a close-up look of the players, which are normally completely blown out by that brightness of the sun. we cannot make the details. >> we are just past totality and us guys are slowly starting to brighten up again. we saw this an hour ago, it is in tennessee, 35 minutes ago and now we will see this. this is 90 minutes will repeat
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itself over and over again as the moon is traveling at 1500 miles per hour cross the united dates, blocking out the sun. >> it is incredible. we are watching parties around the bay and the country and we have great vantage points and views from different points along the path of totality. this is out of mountain view. we were at the party at nasa ames research center. the moon is almost ready to exit out of view. >> here is another view from oregon where we saw totality at 10:15 this morning. the moon is moving across the sun and making its way out and we will go from casper over from scotts bluff and lincoln, nebraska as they make their approach across totality. >> let's bring in our expert to talk more about what we see on
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the left hand side, the solar layers and the ejections. there is a lot we do not know and we are desperate to find out more about it but this is us an opportunity to collect more data but there is probes that are going out to research more. >> that is right. the one next year which will launch next summer, this is a spacecraft that will go closer to the and this sign that and he has before. it means it will also be the fastest that has ever existed. it is almost 200 kilometers per second. it will be going superfast. >> tell everybody how close that is to mere korea which is the closest orbiting body around the sun right now. >> you will be eight times closer than mere core. it will be an extreme thermal environment.
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you know, scientists and engineers have done a tremendous amount of work on making sure this does not burn up. >> it is incredible to see the data that we can learn from that. there are plasma injections they are from casper, wyoming. it just finished totality and it is heading to the east coast from lincoln, nebraska and nashville, columbia, south carolina and they will witness this as we continue our coverage with the solar eclipse that is underway. we will be back with continuing coverage. you can go to our facebook page andand there are 50 cameras showing you the eclipse.
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(james)that's it for us welcome back to our coverage of the total solar eclipse. we are showing you live views as that eclipse happened into town. here is a view from illinois.
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we have shown you totality from wyoming and nashville as they are getting ready in the central part of the united states. >> it is impreza. we have been you -- with you since the beginning, when it first started happening during 9:00. the moon started approaching in front of the sun and we watched it until it reached totality in the bay area around 10:15 this morning. this is a shot here as we see the moon beginning its exit and almost clear of the sun and that will not happen until 11:40 or something like that. >> 11:37 in san francisco. i have this down to a science. the preparation has been ongoing for years. it is not just for scientists but every day americans who have planned this trip years in advance. that is a 70 wild -- 70 mile
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wide path of totality. it is making its way across the united states and blocking out the sun in the path of totality. >> you want to book for the next solar eclipse, it is seven years from now. >> from southwest texas up to the northeast across that united dates. carbondale, illinois is in the center of both eclipses today and again in seven years. it is an incredible celeste drill event, the first time in 99 years that a total eclipse has gone coast-to-coast across the country. >> that gives us an end to our coverage. we will follow the latest on -- on facebook and on www.kron4.com. we will be back tonight at 5:00.
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