tv CBS News Special Report The Solar Eclipse CBS August 21, 2017 1:00pm-3:01pm EDT
>> a little under three minutes, darkness to daylight. across the continent from port lapped, oregon. the last total eclipse of the sun from north america since the year 2017. >> the earth has made 38.5 trips around the sun since walter cronkite spoke the word. it is the year 2017 a total eclipse of the sun is about to begin. good day i'm anthony mason, it's a fabulous day for a moon dance.
the moon is about to go dancing with the star in an incredible display of celestial choreography, the moon will step gently in front of the sun and completely block it from view. day will turn to night in the first total eclipse of the sun in the continental u.s. in 38 years. you will not want to miss it. there will be another one until 2024, the zone of totality. you'll be hearing that word a lot stretches coast to coast across 14 states from oregon to south carolina. within that 70-mile wide band the eclipse will be total. total anywhere from two to two and a half minutes. other parts of the country will see a partial eclipse, the moon will block anywhere from 50-90% of the sun. we'll be following the total eclipse in realtime as it progress across the country, west to east. oregon will see it first in just a few minutes.
at 16 past the hour we have correspondents there and in other kilo occasion across the zone of totality they are totally into it. we're on the campus of the university of southern illinois in carbondale. that city will experience the longest period, well almost the longest period of totality of any police in the country. two minutes and 38 seconds. some ha place will get a little longer a couple of second but this is about the longest view you're going to get. as i mentioned it all begins in oregon where the eclipse first touches the united states. jamie yuccas to to in madras, totality begins at 19 minutes past the hour. >> reporter: a you can see people are getting so into it that's because about 9:06 local time, the eclipse started. we right now if i put my eclipse glasses on can see that the sun currently looks like a crescent moon at this point. it is getting really cool not just in terms of the science of it but literally is feeling much
cooler this morning as the moon starts eclipsing the sun. it's been fun to watch the reaction, so many families came to madras with their children. they wanted them to be able to experience this. madras, oregons town of 6200 people but as you can see at this camp site this is named solar town, nearly 20,000 people. what's happening, that people have gotten out of their campsites right now they are moving to this giant field. they're putting on their eclipse glass, they have their cameras, telescopes, they moved over into the field and are see excited to finally see the sunny clipsed by the moon in totality. of course oregon is the first 126 states that will see it. the moon is currently 238,000 miles away. the shadow is moving east at 2,237 miles an hour. i think that is one thing that's been surprising to a lot of people is how quickly this is happening. we've been talking about it for days. we've seen the traffic build up, the campsites get packed, hotel rooms have been booked up by
scientists more than two years ago when they found out that the totality eclipse would be happening here in madras, oregon. one of the reasons it was picked, this spot, so many people ended up booking here is because of the clear skies. one unfortunate part that's happening you can see a little bit of haze on mt. jefferson, because there's so many wildfires burning in the area. the skies themselves have not been disappointing, we've had a perfect shot of the sun and moon so far of course, as you said we will see the total eclipse at 10:19. we're about 10:05 your local time we got just about 14 minutes left to go. i'd love to keep talking so we can bring it to you live but for now i'll toss it back to you. >> mason: thanks, jamie. you were looking before at a live picture of the eclipse as it unfolds. for look how the eclipse will unfold exactly how likely you are to see it we turn to lonny quinn, chief wester caster in new york wcbs-tv.
>> here we go. only minutes away from this whole thing getting underway. we all know that the earth revolves around the sun. we know to the moon revolves around the earth. what you may not know twice a year they fall into alignment. when this happens you get some kind of an eclipse, either lunar eclipse or solar eclipse. the big show is the total solar eclipse. that's what we're going to see in portions of the country this little tiny moon can block out all the light from this enormous sun. the sun is 400 times larger than the moon. only possible because the moon is 400 times closer to the earth. from our perspective when we look up at the sky the sun and moon they look like they're about the same size. when that sun cast shadow on the earth you get two types of shadows. most of our country will see the partial shadow where you're only going to see some portion visible, if you are on that little line, some of you get to see the umbra where the moon
blocks out totally the light from the sun. it's called totality, the path of totality is where it pits. just outside portland, oregon, all the way to charleston, south carolina. now if you are along this path that is where daytime turns to night time. you will actually see stars during the day then it will go back to daytime again. if you are outside of this path, illustrated in grey, 90% of the sun is going to be covered by the moon. we're talking places like seattle, denver, atlanta, if you are outside of this dark area now talking 75% of the sun being covered by the moon for place like san francisco and philadelphiaf you are to the north of south of those areas, just continue to go down. everybody in this country will see something but the big, big show is that path of totality. anthony? >> mason: of course there all depends on the weather. what's the weather like in the zone of totality? >> i've drawn the zone of totality, you can see it here as
it cuts across the continental u.s. that big yellow swath. the path of totality about 70 miles wide, i got to tell you we are sitting under a lucky star, if you will. because i bet 85 maybe 0% has great weather. couple of trouble spots out l. one i'll zoom in right there, places like kansas city, missouri. you got too much cloud cover right now even that rain chance is out there today. that is going to limit your viewing. you take a look at charleston, south carolina. notice inland in south carolina are doing fine. along the compost a sea degrees that is -- sea breeze, you know what that means. that sea breeze gives that you deck of clouds along the coast. but perhaps it will be just off shore, it's going to be close, keep an eye on everything. but as i say, as of right now it's about 0% thumbs up with really good viewing all across the country. >> mason: thanks. now, word of caution, you
probably have been hearing it all week it's important. only safeway to look at the sun is through especially approved eclipse glasses like these. basically it goes completely dark you need it for the eclipse. they have solar filters that block out the dangerous ray, is that could damage your retina. do not use your regular sunglasses or a telescope, binoculars or camera. certainly not the naked eye. only time it's safe to look at the sun without the special glasses is when it's in total eclipse, blocked by the moon. that is happening only in the total eclipse zone and for very brief period of time. a couple of minutes in most cases. of course it's perfectly safe to watch the eclipse on television. this is really good place to see it. we like you invite you to be part, we'll post your pictures and videos to our facebook, twitter and instagram feed use the #cbseclipse. joining us now are michelle
nichols director of public observing in chicago and bill harwood our long time cbs news space consultant, welcome to you both. couldn't be more exciting day, conditions here in carbondale are fantastic. >> they are. we were worried about clouds early on, as you look around, just talking a moment ago they're moving away. they moved fairly quickly anyway f. we get the totality hopefully we'll get the view we've been waiting for. >> mason: this is moving hat 2400 miles an hour. >> fairly quick. thankfully that moon shadow is 70 miles wide in this part of the country, you have a little bit of time to be able to check out that total solar eclipse. >> mason: bill, why is this such a huge huge opportunity for scientist? >> any time there's a total solar eclipse, when the sun is blocked out by the moon you get to see the corona, the outer atmosphere, super heated zone. but don't know how to explain. if you look at the temperature
of the visible surface about 2,000 degrees. move ways off it jumps up over a million degree. with the moon in the way blocking it they can turn their telescopes and cameras down to the surface where the corona gets generated maybe be able to get clues as to what theory might best explain what's driving it. >> mason: are scientists tracking this across the country? >> we want to get as much data as possible. each individual location might get as little as three seconds up to at most 2:41 of data. so, what you want to do is spread everybody out across the country so that you can slice all that data together get up to an hour and half of data. >> mason: we are starting to experience the eclipse here are we not? >> definitely. that little bite taken out of the moon -- taken out of the sun. >> i was going to say, lots of people have apps that will show up in the daytime you can watch the eclipse unfolding realtime on your computer on a cell
phone, as it's progressing how we know it's happening even though we're under an awning. >> mason: we mentioned it starts out in oregon, it is well underway, partial eclipse out there let's go back to jamie see what's happening. >> everybody has been very complimentary about the city and the happiness within the city and how they have been greeted with openness and friendliness. it's accomplishing everything i would hope. >> mason: underway there. there's a good look at it. >> people are cheering. this is 70 -- in terms of eclipses, the ability to see it in the length of time how does this compare? >> this one is about average. you can only have up to 7:29 where totality or as little at just a few seconds. this one is about average for what we get for total. >> mason: what's unusual it goes all the way across the country. >> first time since 1918 coast
to coast solar eclipse. that's ha big deal. >> mason: nasa is tracking that, one reason we're here nasa is also here what is nasa up to? >> they have got people, scientists observers spread around the totality. they have jets flying, same altitude, 50,000 feet. different instruments to study the sun at different wave lengths and television now streaming on the web of at least ten different sites along the pa of totality including the folks mind us. they have a major telescope here, solar telescope here that is streaming live views of the sun in multiple wave length to show it, that orange light that you see, white lights, other frequencies. they are really going out of their way to share this with the public as well as collect scientific data. >> mason: big show is coming up soon. total eclipse in madras, oregon, just minutes away. we will take you there when
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>> mason: welcome back to cbs news coverage of the solar eclipse of 2017. we're going to be joined here by derek pitts from the franklin institute in philadelphia as we look, continue to look at a live coverage, live picture. derek pitts is the chief astronomer at the franklin institute in philadelphia but he is in st. josephs, missouri, can you hear me? >> yes, i can. mason: tell me what are you looking forward to and where are you in st. joseph?
>> i'm in st. joseph this happens to be one of the location along the eclipse path where we have nearly maximum amount of time in totality. if i go down the path few hundred miles i can get up to 2:40 but right here in st. joseph this is a great location for this because of the access and because we had this great open location to observe from. >> mason: this is always an exciting experience, but what pick are you excited about this year? >> what i'm particularly excited about, really two things. any time i get to stand in the shadow of the moon, that's a great thing because eclipses, while not necessarily rare, you have to travel all across the world to catch up with them. but the thing that really gets me about this particular eclipse is that so many people across the nation will be able to experience this one way or the other. they're going to be out viewing this live in some locations right along the eclipse path. others who aren't along the eclipse path they are going to share this on social media and
hundreds of millions of people will get to share not only their experience about the eclipse but also their emotions about the eclipse. not to mention the fact that scientists will be table gather so much data that will help them better understand more about how the sun works. >> mason: we're about to reach a total eclipse in madras, oregon. as you can see right there, jamie yuccas is watching it. what's hatching? >> anthony, i can't look away, i know we're about two minutes from totality everyone here just started cheering and clapping it's a very primal moment many people are saying. the mayor of madras, this town is usually 6200 people it ex loaded to around 100,000 so people could go ahead watch the eclipse. thank you so much for being with us, i want to keep the glass on. describe how you're feeling right now? first of all the testimony tour got cool you have all these people watching. >> i'm so excited. that is -- the thing that we've been planning for for three
years. to have everybody here and everything running smoothly and people enjoying it, it's really worth it. >> e. reporter: let's put our glasses on and take a look up at the sky because we are just moments away from totality. of course, oregon is the first of 12 states you can hear the crowd starting to react. which has about 20,000 people in it. you've heard couple years ago scientist were booking hotels, about 325 hotel rooms were booked up, then how did you start the planning? >> the first thing we started planning was for safety. when we finally realized that we were going to have this event happen, we did some research to see how many people are following the eclipses. >> it was a lot. >> it was a plot. we started planning then, we planned for safety and that's where we started our structure of our plan.
making sure we had all the amenities and people would be safe. and comfortable. >> reporter: you described a few moments ago starting to enter totality. this is a very primal event we're starting to hear people cheer and scream we are just moments away from the he clips happening in totality. how are you feeling? i'm anxious right now? >> i am, too. it's getting smaller and small smaller. pretty soon, the crowd is -- just amazing. >> wow! they keep saying they don't know how you're going to react. i can tell you this crowd is very, very excited. anthony, this is just intense to watch. we're in dark now! take off my glasses! my goodness. >> look at that halo! mason: you disappeared on television. >> jamie with the eclipse. >> spectacular! >> it's even more beautiful than
i thought it would be. >> this is spectacular. i don't think -- we have never experienced this before. >> never. >> you have about two minutes here in oregon from start to finish because we are tilted further away from the moon here in oregon than you guys are in carbondale. you guys get about 37 extra seconds than we do here. in madras, oregon. i have to tell you the city, the reason the city was picked was because it was going to have clear skies, this is absolutely incredible. if you look around it's like a beautiful sunset. you can see mt. jefferson behind me and some of the orcas cade mountains in a smokey haze they have wildfires returning, but it is beautiful. people are ooohing and awwing you can hear their reactions here, anthony. [ cheering and applause ] isn't that great? >> mason: wow. reporter: it's spectacular.
i'm sure you heard as well people describe if they have seen it before just how everyone reacts in a different way. i was feeling so anxious like the mayor was just to see this happen. now to take it in, it's just breathtaking. >> mason: even on television. it really is. >> reporter: the cheers, we have talked earlier, he was planning to start crying because she felt that this is such an emotional experience. i think to be in a place like this -- everybody is excited about this. it looks like -- we have a little bit of -- i should probably put my glasses on. [ cheering and applause ] >> mason: here it comes.
almost 100,000 people descended on this town. it's madras, oregon, usually population of 6200. the traffic, lines in the grocery store this is well worth all that have for sure. what do you think? >> that's the payoff. i am so excited. you notice it's getting lighter out. >> and warmer. it was very odd as we were leading up to the eclipse itself i will tell you as you guys go to experience it you start feeling a temperature drop. they talk about that little bit of breeze. we saw some birds start flying around. almost looks like twilight. it's an incredible experience i can't wait for the rest of the country to have that experience. it's now moving at 2,237 miles an hour so good luck to you. >> mason: jamie, thank you. bill harwood, this never gets old. how many have you seen? >> this is number one of the total eclipse i'm thrilled to death to watch that video from
madras it gives us, what we're going to see here in just a few minutes. the moon is about i'm guessing 20-25 over the sun here in carbondale. looking at that corona come out, the outer edge of the moon, it doesn't get more spectacular. >> mason: the re-emergence of the sun is just as dramatic. so strike to be see it now, hear everybody getting excited and cheering to remember that it wasn't that long ago that this used to terrify people when it happened. >> absolutely right. all kind of incidents in history where battles were being fought then everybody stopped fighting there was an eclipse, walk away. you know, it's been said, not that eclipses are totally rare what is making this one so totally rifting is social media, the connectivity to share the event across the nation along this path of totality just remarkable. >> mason: not that long ago the first photograph of a solar eclipse was taken at observatory in prussia in 1851.
the very first pick tower think how many millions of photographers will be taken today. >> absolutely. that's anything from smartphone cameras to the scientists all along this eclipse track. that is going to be the most documented solar eclipse in history. with everything from more than a dozen satellites looking at the sun to hundreds if not thousands of telescopes and professional grade cameras that will be photographing this thing all the way along l track. >> mason: this information is obviously for scientists is extremely important. >> absolutely. the corona that we can briefly see that kind of gossamer ring around the sun that halo, that's a fascinating area of the sun's atmosphere, it gets super heated, they don't know how. the surface of the sun is 10,000 degree fahrenheit, move a little ways away it's well over a million. trying to understand what powers the corona, what energize it, has to do with the magnetic field but there are competing theories how that works. this eclipse all the day that that will be collected may go a
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>> mason: we're looking at the map of the eclipse as it makes it's way across the country. our next stop on this your knee is wyoming. totality is coming up there about 34 minutes past the hour in jackson hole. cbs news national correspondent jeff glor is in jackson hole. >> hi, anthony. listening to jamie and reaction that everyone had there in oregon but feels good because we know it's coming our way. now you can get jealous of this view but it's coming your way as well. you get -- you'll see more that have totality than anyone here in the u.s. gran titan one of 21 national park properties in the zone of totality but most high profile, the views should be spectacular. we've seen cars lining up all morning long, they created a spaces along the line of totality in the park, a thousand spaces which is not to mention the tens of thousand of other
people throughout this park watching this rare occasion. some paid $15020 take a tram ride up to 10,000 feet. some hiked up to grand titan overnight which is just under 14,000 feet they will watch the solar eclipse from there. it's going to be pretty spooktacular to one from this location because what is going to happen just as the eclipse is happening is you'll see the shadow of the moon paint itself across those mountains, across the grand titan, is that will happen very quickly then the eclipse it will be dark for 2:15. here in grand titan. no problems that we've seen so far, there was very unusual story last week where on social media somebody tweet out pictures of empty store shelves, there's a run on food for a time. it turns out they had the food just didn't have the right people stocking it at the right time.
all nerves were calmed here in jackson. as that eclipse happens i think the main confusion we're going to see is just the animals trying to understand exactly what's happening here in the park because all the people know exactly what's going to happen they have their cameras ready, anthony? >> mason: jeff glor, waiting for the eclipse in jackson hole, wyoming, going to be stunning there. michelle is back with us along with bill harwood, i want to ask you both, one of the things that's so striking is the degree to which we can predict where the eclipse is going to happen and for how long it's going to happen. how long have we been able to do that? >> we've been table predict eclipses for potentially since babylonian times. but we've gotten really good at it in the last two years because we have nasa spacecraft, the reconnaissance observer is a wonderful view of the shape of the moon so they can predict the path of the eclipse within feet.
>> mason: that's just stunning, bill. >> it is. i was thinking about that, because it is like a celestial clock where the moon and the sun. very majestic. >> mason: we talked how rare these are, the next one which will bring us will be 2024. in fact it's going to pass over carbondale right here again, which is why they are calling themselves the solar eclipse crossroads. that's going to be -- able to see it for longer but not as much of the country, correct? >> over the border between mexico and texas. over dallas, fort worth then swing up really think of arc across the central part of the united states. going to be spectacular, about a four-minute duration versus the around two stand a half minutes on this one. >> mason: we talked before
about what science gets out of this. every time something like this happens, there's more in what they understand. >> that's right. the scientists are really trying to figure out our sun. it seems like because it's so close to us but it is difficult to learn about the sun, you can't reach out and grab some of it and bring it back, not easily. >> mason: back to jacksonville, wyoming, they are ebb e entering darkness, we are told. or about to. >> we are, anthony. i have to tell you it's a beautiful and eerie and calming feeling here. it's like a shadow is coming in and you see the color of the mountains has changed in our background as that grows. i think people are trying to watch in both directions right now because they're watching grand titan which is behind me but also trying to watch the sun which is in front of me.
you hear the cameras going off here right now. there's a silence to it. and the color, it's hard to describe the color and how this is shifting right now and changing just before our eyes. but as i just mentioned before what you're going to see just as this -- just before the eclipse happens is, mind me you're going to see that shadow on grand titan that will be the moment when you know that totality is here. and after that shadow then disappears because the moon as you know is moving so quickly, then we'll have totality here in jackson hole, wyoming, for 2:15. this park is so spread out that it's been interesting to see where strategically, where people go to figure out -- >> i was going to ask you about that, jeff. >> some people have pulled over
in their cars. they didn't allow people to sleep in their cars overnight but some came in their cars this morning just are by their cars m. hiked great distances as well, anthony. >> mason: jeff, do you have any sense how many people there are in the park? >> they say typical mid august day there's 25,000 people in the park. this is going to far exceed that number. look at this. here it comes. they didn't want to speculate on how many they think. i wouldn't be surprise understand that number gets quadrupled or more. but people -- found their own locations. here it comes. let's listen for just a minute if we could. [ cheering and applause ] we hear some oohs.
of the total eclipse as it passes over jackson hole, wyoming. here it comes. [ cheering and applause ] wow! >> reporter: yeah, that sums it up nicely. anthony, you're going to see this shortly, it doesn't seem real. it does not seem real when you see that disk, the moon blocking the sun. it's interesting you hear the
reactions here m. people just soak it in in silence. we heard some yelling, this whooping and hollering. dogs get a little excited, they don't know what's happening. birds don't know what's happening. but the light as you're starting to see here now return pretty quickly to what it looked like before as we watch people to our right and left surrounded by sage brush here in this gorgeous setting, soaking in what hasn't happened here in wyoming in 99 years. when it happened here last time it was in green river which is about two hours southwest of here. they did an expedition to look at that, actually picked up some knowledge from that. i know as you've been discussing this morning get a lot more from this one. >> mason: we're still enjoying this sort of slow dissolve back in of the sun in
this just breathtaking landscape. it's so interesting because we -- you go from one location to another it's the same eclipse but it's a different landscape and it feels completely different. we will keep watching as the eclipse makes its way across the country, cbs news coverage of the solar eclipse of 2017 will continue in a moment. hey. what can you tell me about your new social security alerts? oh! we'll alert you if we find your social security number on any one of thousands of risky sites, so you'll be in the know. ooh. sushi. ugh. being in the know is a good thing. sign up online for free. discover social security alerts.
14,000, stadium is sold out. eclipse will be here in a little less than an hour. it's pretty hot here but that has not stopped anyone. you can see there are a lot of telescopes, binoculars, you name it they're all over the place as we mentioned before, nasa is also here, too, with their telescopes and taking pictures. it's a pretty extraordinary celebration of this event and adrianna diaz is inside the stadium with some of these great celestial fans. >> reporter: hi, anthony. we are right here on the field. this is sideline reporting for the first time for me. this place is packed, as you mentioned 14,000 people are here. they will be filling in any empty seats to see totality we're less than an hour away. if you look behind me you see the crowd filling in the seats there. everyone is a fan of saluki, the mascot of southern illinois university.
it is 90 degrees but feels like 114 here on the field. but that's a blessing in disguise because week see the sun, that is likely see totality. we look up there the partial eclipse has started we're seeing a crescent earlier as the moon starts to take a bite out of the sun. looks am like miss pac man now the moon is starting to move in further. that crescent is becoming thinner and thinner as we are getting closer to totality. ♪ >> mason: thanks. with us now is matt the host of eclipse day here at saluki stadium. and planetary radio. he joins us with bill harwood our cbs space consultant. what have you got going on here today? >> we have a lot going on. we've already launched three balloons into the stratosphere from two different teams to get way above what cloud cover we've got here. and they are loaded with instruments. we are actually tracking those as they go across the sky.
much more to come on the field. lots of reminders of people to stay safe and use those glasses and keep hydrated. >> mason: how long have with you planning this? >> siu has been planning for three years. they first spoke to me couple of years ago, just interested in whether our show would be interested in covering the eclipse, you don't have to ask twice. it grew into this. thisth amazing event. >> mason: tell me about some of the events because nasa is here we mentioned. >> nasa edge, they're doing their five-hour, actually four and a half hour meg cast. you guys, major presence here. we're told that there is something like 83 different media organizations here at siu carbondale which makes sense. because we're one of the best places to catch the totality. >> mason: in addition to the great show in the sky itself what's happening inside the stadium? >> well, the marching band for one. we just had a woman, terrific
marion call was doing a little bit of live music for us. we have a lot of activities going on with kids. we've got a little contest for people guessing at where those stratosphere rick balloons will come down with prizes in store. much more. michelle who you just had on is one of our reporters in the field roving around the stadium with one of the folks here at siu. >> mason: a picture of the eclipse through casper, wyoming. stunning picture there. this is one heck of a show. a cross-country show. >> going to be great. getting to see this starting in oregon then see it over and over as shadow moves eastward. >> mason: every time the backdrop changes almost like feels like the story changes. it's just stunningly beautiful in a different way in each place. >> they say that no two total solar eclipses are alike if
you're standing under them, even for the eclipse chasers who have seen several. talk about tracking them across the country, there are several citizen science projects, one is underway right here, citizen kate where they are actually, over 80 different sites across the country with really good telescopes tracking there and going to bring all that data together, we have that haing right inside the stadium. >> mason: we started talking about this before, bill, what is so striking about this is the way we react to this now compared to the way people used to react to it and how this -- there were old civilizations where they believed that some animals were trying to eat the sun. that that is what was causing the darkness. you try to imagine couple under years ago if you saw this happen what you would have thought. >> if you have any idea, i think about that frequently from i'm from in florida thinking about this in communities, couple of thousand years, what would they think if they could see
something like this and what would they think of it as you say. it is soul stirring experience. i don't think of another way to put it when you see the sun go out, darkness extend in the middle of the day and feel that temperature drop. >> mason: this will be my first. >> me, too. that's three of us. the word is derived from greek root for abandonment, something like eclipses, that's where this came f. this is -- we were talking about nasa a second ago this picture you're looking at now is actually from a nasa telescope positioned near here. obviously there's some clouds between us and this image. >> been working with nasa what you're looking at there, not this picture but there is a
20-inch mirror that is directing sunlight as the sun goes across the sky into three telescopes with different filters that scientists use to learn different things about the sun. >> and on the internet for people to look at not getting good data for science but sharing with the public as they bring it in. >> mason: we're going to keep watching the eclipse as it makes it's way in this incredible show across the country. cbs news coverage of the solar eclipse of 2017 will continue in a moment. the image will remain up through the break.
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>> mason: we are tracking the solar eclipse as it cross the continental united states. see on the map where it is now. we're going to take you out now to one of my favorite place in the entire country, carter evans is at the griffith observatory overlooking los angeles which you may recall did a stark turn in the movie "la la land." >> now knee toured for the eclipse. we got 70% of the sunny clipsed here. you were talking about some of the myths earlier in ancient china they used to believe that a dragon was devouring the sun. the vikings believed it was a wolf in the sky that was chasing the sun. they get calls here every time there's an eclipse at the griffith observatory asking, is it safe to have your babies outside. that's still a myth. that one developed in mexico where some people thought that babies may be born with a cleft pallet if they were exposed. another myth you get to skip
school. these guys all got to skip school today. you're in fifth grade, christian, i know you're shy but you wouldn't have been able to come out here if you didn't skip school. >> yes. reporter: these glasses, there was a run on these glasses today. you could not get them. ivan you sold them, right? how much did you make? >> $20. >> for a pair of glasses. jessica why was it important to bring the kids out from school today? >> because they want to experience this in another hundred years which i'm sure you guys will still be here. >> reporter: yeah e. it is a once in a lifetime experience. it's exciting for a lot of people, all the people here, too. this lawn hold about 4,000 people. they say that it was packed today beyond the maximum capacity. they actually closed the park here, anthony, because there were too many people coming up here to watch the eclipse. they could have seen this from anywhere but they came here to be part of the action, just one big party. >> mason: yeah, it's a great
looking party, too, carter evans one of my favorite places to be as i said. you know, it's interesting, there are a lot of places people despieded to throw parties effectively speaking, bill. i notice that delta has a flight up that's flying along the path of the eclipse. they get to see a little bit longer because they can't keep up with the speed, 2500 miles an hour. >> you would need a black bird to have chance even they couldn't. >> mason: eclipse is traveling the speed of a bullet. >> across the coast of oregon it was, it's slowing down. but supersonic it's moving really fast. it will be going 1400 miles an hour when it gets here, mach 2 roughly. it's moving. >> mason: you mentioned why does it slow down? >> geometry of the sun, earth and moon as the moon is moving in its orbit, just works out that way. complicated subject to visualize but, yeah, duration gets longer toward the center then drop back off again as it moves on.
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cat named stephen we're following a moon shadow. the shadow casted as it eclipses the sun. for the first time in 99 years americans are witnessing a total eclipse as the moon passes between the earth and sun and turns day no night. the sun is completely whrobgd for a couple of minutes. 70 miles wide across 14 states. oregon to south carolina. the rest of the country has a partial eclipse from 50% to 90%. we have correspondence coast to coast along the eclipse zone. we have the beginnings of it here. >> we are. we're following this here, we can see exactly what is going on. anthony, there is one cloud over us. hopefully that gets out of the way when totality is here. >> mason: this cloud is not wanted and time it did self all too well.
we will go to loni for a eclipse day weather. from channel 2 in new york. loni. >> all we need is a puff of wind to blow the cloud out of there. this is what we're dealing with thus far. it's uncanny how great the skies have been. the yellow line is the path of totality. 1400 miles the eclipse has traveled without even a cloud. now we're getting into spots that are a bit of a problem. around the kansas city, missouri area. the green and oranges have rain. they will make the viewing difficult in portions of the midwest. if you can get your pesky cloud out of the way you have a chance to be okay in carbondale. it will be about a 700-mile run as it exits the st. louis area. it will be clear until the coastline of south carolina. inland of south carolina you will do okay. along the coast with the sea
breeze set up we have cloud coverage there like charleston, south carolina. myrtle beach, you have rain falling right now. it's not as likely to see that break apart for you. again this is dictated by the cooler air coming in off of the ocean. hitting land that is warm this time of year. you get showers and storms in the cloud coverage out there. all and all we have done pretty darn well so far. i have my fingers crossed for you in carbondale. i will spin the dials as best i can to get the cloud out of your way. >> there you have it. mason: here in carbondale, illinois, one of the reasons we're here, it will be the longest, almost the longest here. 2:38. >> 23:00 where we're standing at the stadium. it's a little longer south to the center line. >> mason: a second or.
two. >> yes. mason: for astronomers aoer second counts there. is a huge celebration here on the campus. >> hello, anthony, it's a party atmosphere. they have music, competitions with members of the audience. they were playing like will jackson just now. a moon walking competition. the crowd was clearing. now it's starting to approach. it's a little cooler. more of the sun is being covered by the moon. as you mentioned there is a giant cloud. we hope that we get some wind to move that out of here. this will be, if any indication of what has happened what will happen, this will be so festive once we're in totality. the temperature is expected to drop even more. up to 10° when the moon fully covers the sun. we will see how the crowd reacts.
whether there will be cheers or they will fall silent with a collective gasp among 14,000 people, less than 20 minutes away. >> mason: we're less than 20 minutes away here. we're fighting with a couple of clouds. we had a beautiful day until now. the stadium full with people, 14,000 here to witness this. we hope the weather cooperates. it's under way, how far does it look? we're tracking on this device? >> it's about 1:05, about 15 minutes from totality. cope our fingers crossed the crowd gets out of the way. >> mason: it's amazing how this has drummed up. aas loni said we have been incredibly lucky. >> yes, the views have been great across the country. nobody expected this track to be
cloud fro, this does the happen this time of the year. it's been remarkable, the weather. spectacular views from oregon, the grand tetons. it's just rivetting. looking here, my family is in nashville. they're locking forward to seeing this. i'm sure the folks in the carolinas will get a good view too. >> mason: will be down there later on. that's the biggest city in line for this. >> yes. my brother was driving out of nashville earlier going to a party in central tennessee. he said it was bumper to bumper going into nashville. no hotel rooms or flights. >> mason: we will be in the midst of things here momentarily. we will be right back. you're watching cbs news coverage of the eclipse of 2017.
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extraordinary rhode show across the united states. crossing 14 states, 2500 miles an hour, roughly. the next stop is around here in carbondale, illinois. bill, not sure if we will get the full show. >> hopefully this will dissipate a little bit. i have covered more than a hundred shuttle missions waiting for them to launch or not launch. it's always 50/50. you see it or you don't. >> if nothing else we will get darkness. we are hoping to see the actual eclipse, itself. this is something you have to deal with as a scientist cracking this, right. >> absolutely. they have done statistical analysts about one timeout of eight of those that folly clipses miss it. they pick places where skies are historically clear. even here in carbondale where we
normally have good weather -- a now miles from here the sun is shining. >> mason: i think when people see this it goes black. but it goes blue? >> a deep blue. a deep twoeu light. the corona produces light of almost a full moon in the middle of the day. >> mason: we are starting to get what feels like darkness. i think it's the eclipse and not the clouds, maybe both. we will kill the lights. if you have followed the broadcast we have turned off the lights for reporters across the country so you can get the feel of what happens here. things are starting to darken. there is a rather large cloud that has centered over us at the moment. it's obstructing our view of the sky. we hope that in the next seven to eight minutes it decides to make an escape. we have our classes ready as we have been telling you through
the broadcast if you're anywhere along the path of totality you must have these. >> until it goes total. mason: when it goes total -- >> no filters are needed at. announcer: you can stare at it for the full duration. take out binoculars or cameras. when you see light on the other side put the filter back on. totality is safe from the naked eye. i recommend you do so, if you have the chance. >> mason: you get the same light from a moon. >> a full moon. it's a deep twilight. the core own a the outer atmosphere of the sun, that's very visible. like you say producing the light of about a full moon. >> mason: alright. joining us now is professor jnan. you wanted to compare this to a previous eclipse. >> one of the best science
experience of all time was 1919, edington using a total eclipse of the sun to test einstein's theory. he takes a trip to the coast of africa it was about a 7-minute eclipse. they were able to measure the light of a star cluster that is actually behind the sun. the only way to do that is if the sun goes dark and the light bends around the sun because of the curve this. is einstein's greatest accomplishment. it was the first experiment to test it it catapulted einstein's fame. and there was a time of a german jew and scientist to come together under the score. >> mason: jana, you hear cheers here in carbondale. >> i think i have been upstaged. mason: an eclipse will do
that to almost anyone. there is a gap in the clouds. people dan to cheer when they saw the last bit of sun peeking through. we hope for our view of the eclipse. i'm not sure we will get it, bill. >> it will be close. it's tough to tell where the sun is located with relation to the gap in the cloud. >> mason: unfortunately it looks like the cloud is closing up a little bit. it is starting to get dark here. very seriously dark. you can feel that around you. there are hundreds, thousands in fact people here on the lawn looking sky ward and behind us to the, over bill's should certificate stadium where there are some 14,000 people who bought tickets to watch this. they hope to get their full moneys worth here. the sky is trying to cooperate. we are, i'm looking at bill's app. it shows we're almost at
totality. it's a matter of minutes away. this is incredibly suspenseful. some people have come a long long way, bill i. >> yes, thousands and thousands of miles from around the world to catch a glimpse of this. we hope a opening in the cloud will give us a view. it's hard to say. >> mason: thousands of people are cheering it on. you can see it, you can see it. there it is. it may not last long, but there it is. almost at totality. the sun is making a cameo appearance. the eclipse -- it's holding. we can still see it. >> mason: going glasses on here, bill. we're right on the edge of a total eclipse in carbondale,
illinois. the last little bit of the sun (cheers and applause). >> mason: the cloud has veered just far enough away so thousands of people here on the campus of southern illinois university are getting the show they came for. it's quite a show, bill. >> it surely is. the moon is moving in place in front of the sun. what a moment. what a moment. >> mason: it's like -- it's like the clouds decided to be a curtain and keep the audience here in suspense. just at the last critical minute decided to slide far enough away. >> anthony, if we do get to keep saying this you will see lights
flicker around the edge. sun light shines through the mountains and valleys on the moon. you will see concentrations of light. then the last, the diamond ring effect. a final flare of sunlight coming through a lunar valley will make it's way through. then it will go out and we will be at totality. >> mason: we saw that in oregon when it started at the top of the broadcast. as i mentioned this show is a little different every place that we stop to see it. here we have the drama of cloud coverage. it hasn't prevented the eclipse from being visible. there is the flicker, bill, i think you talked about. and the sun is gone. >> seeing it you this the clouds now. just a slither of sun light. isn't that gorgeous. oh my gosh.
>> mason: luckily the cloud coverage is not -- >> you can take your glasses off. >> mason: yes, you can. >> i recommend that. mason: you have to be careful here. >> you can still see a sliver of it. make it there before the thick cloud comes back. >> mason: we have one sort of thick cloud threatening to take the last of this away. the eclipse has fought it's way through the cloud. we're still getting the show that we came for. what are we seeing now, bill? >> just the very last vestiges as the moon moves in front. it's really, really close. my goodness. lock how dark it's getting all of a sudden, anthony. check it out, loc look around. it's amazing.
>> mason: there is a glow on the horizon. >> 360°. [cheers and applause] >> my goodness. there it goes. >> mason: there it goes. >> lock at the light. look at the light around here. we can't see the sun. it looks like deep twoeu r. twi. >> mason: there is the color you talked about. >> yes we're looking at the edges of the moon shadow around us. we see the sunlight around the shadow. it's as if you are looking at a sunset in every direction. >> mason: it's spectacular. it is a 360° sunset. >> we may get it here if the cloud moves. 2:37. >> mason: we will have a total eclipse here longer than almost
anywhere else on the journey today. >> i'm not sure anyone is looking at the horizon. it's spectacular. it's a 360° sunset. it's just amazing. that's not why we're here. >> mason: no but -- there is one big fat cloud in front of our eclipse. as bill pointed out the horizon is pretty stunning. >> did not expect it to get this dark. it's really striking. mean while the shadow is racing along here at nearly 1500 miles an hour. it won't be here long. >> mason: just to remained you we have kept the lights off. >> you can see the moon. mason: there it is. >> you see the corona. look at that. wow. [cheers and applause]
>> just the little peak. mason: i think we may get one last glimpse here. >> mason: it's amazing to hear the crowd's roar echo across the campus. >> there it is. look at the corona. see it. >> mason: there it is. >> wow. [cheers and applause] >> mason: carbondale, illinois, gets it's total eclipse. defying the clouds. that is -- >> the diamond ring. look, it's coming back. my goodness.
[cheers and applause] >> wow. glasses on. >> mason: it's quickly getting brighter. >> it's almost like they turned the lights. >> mason: it's really something. the return of the light and the applause. they got the show they came for. >> in the nick of time. in the anything of time. >> mason: it was in the nick of time. the light returns. astronomer derrick pits was with us before. he's with us again in st. joseph's, missouri. derek what do you think. >> ours was spectacular. the most dramatic solar eclipse i have seen. we had rain 15 minutes before totality. none of us, none of us thought there was a chance. little breaks in the clouds gave us a chance to catch the last seconds before totality.
then more cloud coverage and then mir act aouously right at totality we had a clear open space to see through very thin clouds. it was spectacular. >> mason: this ellipse is putting on a different show in almost every town it's going through. how did people respond there, derek? >> there was great joy and jubilation. people yelling and screaming, cheering for this, jumping up and down. everyone was so excited. especially because during totality we had just enough space to see the corona. it looked really great. people could see it from different places of the field here. you could hear the wave of cheers across the field as you, as it moved from one section of the field to the other. you could hear it rolling along as people had different views of it. >> mason: i want to go back to professor jana from new york.
jana, for people who don't have totality, as we call it today, what do they expect. >> i'm a little jealous watching on tv. in new york we get a par shral eclipse. as the earth is spinning, the moon is traveling faster to the east. it will catch up to us pretty soon. by 2:44 we will have a maximum partial eclipse from our perspective. even that will be pretty spectacular. it's not the twilight of a total eclipse. it's quite a spectacular thing to see. it's something you can look at, casting shadows on the ground through leaves. the leaves act lin like pin hole images. i suggestio suggest you look tha tree to the ground. >> mason: jana, we have talked about the importance of events like this for science.
from your perspective what do we gain from an eclipse like this going coast to coast. >> there will be a bunch of telescopes along the line of totality that will contribute data to joint projects. there are amateur astronomers contributing their observations to collect the data during the eclipse. one thing people study is the spectacular corona. it's millions of degrees and responsible for spectacular phenomenon. we see solar winds coming off the sun and creating things like the northern lights. there is a opportunity to contribute as a citizen to the program as well as a scientist. also if i can quickly say it brings us all together in a incredible moment. look at everyone coming together in the country, to acknowledge we're under this celestial sphere and subject to the same
forces. it's a beautiful moment. >> mason: jana and derek, thank you both for being with us. the biggest city completely within the total eclipse zone is music city, nashville, tennessee. david is there. david. >> anthony, it's a party. the clouds moved in for a moment. i thought it will ruin this party. the forces of darkness united. boom, here we go. look at that. [cheers and applause] >> wow. >> you don't see a thing t is dark when you take the glasses off it's a total eclipse. this family from england is watching right now. what do you think? >> it's amazing! everything is so dark. it's just wonderful. i love being here. it's great. >> how do you think america does when it comes to putting on a show like this? >> so much more than england.
we had a partial eclipse, this is big, amazing. thank you for sharing it with us. >> we're so glad you are here. so glad you are here. where are you from? >> indiana. >> you have water in your eyes. >> i'm excited. i feel it's almost christmas. it's once in a lifetime. >> when did you drive up? >> i drove up on friday. i came to the oprey friday night and last night for the special total eclipse -- >> enjoy. a once in a lifetime event for a lot of people this. is a free show at the oprey. they expect aid thousand to two thousand people. the number is much higher than. that we actually have a drone above the grand ole oprey. what a look. to look around the oprey you would think it's 7:00 o'clock at night. we knew it was happening. to see it happening it's something this. is jona from illinois. what do you think. >> wonderful.
it's beautiful. >> you came just for this. >> we came for the oprey too, of course. >> cathy, your niece. cathy, what do you think? >> beautiful. it's fantastic. >> it's quite majestic. there are nasa scientists and crews flying at about 50,000 feet in tandem with two old bomber planes. they will take what will be 29,000 photographs of the eclipse from 50,000 feet. so high up you can see the curvature of the earth at that level. they take those photos because nasa tells us this will be one of the most researched eclipses in history if not the most. why? we didn't have the internet in 1929. now we do. citizen scientists across the country are using their phone to enter data. how is my dog reacting to the eclipse. the nashville zoo has a camera
on the bird cage area where they're gaining information. what did you say? >> he said, thank you lord. >> thank you, lord. >> absolutely. >> what do you think. >> incredible. it's epic. absolutely epic to see this together with great friends. we're from maryland. >> came just for this? >> we did. >> what did you think? >> awesome. once in a lifetime experience. >> like they said, boom. here is the sun. a brand new day in nashville. mr. mason. >> mason: david in nashville, thank you, david. when we come back we check in with someone who has a unique perspective on the moon, sun and the stars. retired astronaut, scott kelly. we will also take a trip to the white house. you are watching cbs special coverage of the eclipse of 2017.
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>> mason: so many places to watch this extraordinary event. one what they're kaoefpg an eye on is the white house. as the eclipse moves towards washington. you see the attorney general there on the balcony. we haven't seen the president yet. s will trump is there, she has been spotted. the white house is waiting for their opportunity to catch the extraordinary event. we are joined now by former astronaut and author, scott kelly. he witnessed ten thousand 994
sunrises and sunsets. he joins us now from studio 57 in the cbs broadcast center in new york. what do you think about this? >> i lost him. mason: we're having trouble. we will go back to scott in a moment. i'm here with bill. bill, you said something to me in the break. i was shocked. you said this was even more impressive than you thought it would. >> i was blown away, anthony. i'm never at a lost for words. it was an emotional moment. i wouldn't admit it but i had tears in my eyes. it's so unearthly. you can read about it all you want. until you see it with your eyes you can't appreciate it. it's been said, once you see one you are addicted. i know what he means. >> mason: you have seen plenty of space events over the years. >> yes, they're all spectacular.
there is something about this that grabs your soul. >> mason: i believe we have scott kelly back in new york. scott, can you hear us? >> loud and clear. mason: your impressions to day. >> i have been in the studios in new york city. i have only seen what i have seen on television and listen to the common tear he's. it seems like a spectacular event. >> mason: when you're up there, out there in space, we mentioned all of the sunrises and sunsets you have seen. give me a tense of what that feeling is like. >> well, it's a privileged place to be. not just looking at the sun but the earth. being able to experience those sunrises and sunsets so many times on a daily bases really feels like you're a privileged person. >> mason: have you seen a solar eclipse before spheufrpblgs i have not seen an eclipse from space or from earth. i was anxious to see this one.
i'm here today talking about it it's a great event. we will learn a lot from the eclipse as we have from others. some of the things we learn will have implications for space travel in the future. >> mason: what sort of implications do you think, scott? >> from the sun and understanding the corona. which can study that very well during a solar eclipse. we can understand more about solar flares, the radiation that comes with those. how to predict them better, so we can protect the astronauts from radiation as we travel further and beyond to mars some day. >> mason: bill, i want to bring you back in for a moment. we talked a lot about, as with scott here, the importance of this. each time we have a an ellipse e learn more, don't we? >> absolutely. several reasons the technology improves. in this case the shear distance of traveling over an
industrialized country. you don't have to fly to the ends of the earth with limited equipment to study it. it's a whole new ball game. you have hundreds and thousands of instruments looking at the core own afplt listening to scott talk about, i am remained we haven't talked about this but the astronauts today are flying over central canada, or they were a few minutes ago. they saw the shot of the moon on the surface on their horizon. i'm sure scott can imagine that better than i can. they will have pictures hopefully later we will see later on the show. >> mason: we have another eclipse coming in seven years. which means a lot more information. >> absolutely in 2024. this will come from mexico across the texas border. over dat al forth worth and head over the northeastern united states and canada. the duration that had will be about 4 minutes along the track opposed to the 2:30 for this
eclipse. more time to enjoy the show and another chance for scientists to focus in and learn about the corona. >> mason: this will be a central point for this eclipse as well, passing over carbondale. that's quite unusual two total eclipses in seven years. >> a chance to do it white. mason: scott kelly, from your perspective in looking at what has happened today and seeing this, you're use to shows in space this. is a pretty extraordinary one for us. >> that's true. you know what i think is the greatest thing about the eclipse it has brought our country together with a news story. it's uncommon these days, very happy to see that. >> mason: we're going to take a look at the balcony of the blue room balcony at the white house. the president has emerged now.
the first lady is also there. son baron is there. i believe that's ivanka to the right. the commerce secretary. not sure whose back we are looking at. >> mason: you're looking at a live picture again of the eclipse as it's making it's way across the ko *upb couldn't the. there is the map now, heading for south carolina. we are going to be going, we're going to south carolina very shortly with mark who will be there for us. first we will take a break. we are watching cbs news special
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>> mason: now that's a striking and memorable image. the president and first lady in their solar eclipse glasses. the eclipse making it's way towards washington. they don't get a total eclipse there. they get a partial eclipse. it's still a show. as we have been saying all through this, it's important if you look up. especially if it's a partial eclipse to, wear your glasses. the last stop for the solar
eclipse is south carolina. we mentioned 14 states. mark strassmann is outside of mount pleasant. mark. >> this is an eclipse beach party. the last stop you mentioned for the eclipse like a star making a national tour this. is the final song in the hit list. this crowd has been waiting for the last couple of hours. i want to show you the scene now on the beach. a couple of live cameras this. resort has a couple thousand people on the beach. i think one measure of the extraordinariness is everyone is looking up at the sky instead of down at their phones. people have been looking ten to fifteen minutes. the weather that has been problematic all day, threat of rain, cloud coverage, has started to part. as we look now we're nearing totality here. the magic numbers are suppose to
be 2:46 and 2:47. when totality begins and ends. 2:46 p.m. and 2:48 p.m. now we're seeing a bright almost rainbow of colors surround the sun. on the water you see something fairly unusual. there is a floating group staffer gazers. people have come by boat, land and plane, they have come by water to watch this extraordinary event. charleston historic place. this is a one in a lifetime opportunity. we have been talking to people who have traveled up and down the east coast. this is the closest place you can see the eclipse for anyone who lives from the eastern seaboard down to florida. about a hundred million people. now they're getting the show they hoped for. the crowds are seeing a parting of the clouds.
that's really something special. as i look around here everything is looking up. nobody who is doing anything else. anthony, it won't last as long, as long where you are. i tell you it's pretty special. >> mason: i love what you said about how one of the great effects is everyone is looking up instead of down. then you hear this. [cheers and applause] >> mason: it's thrilling. let's just listen for a moment. [cheers and applause]
[cheers and applause] >> you still see the, a little of the eclipse. we have a lot of cloud coverage now. the crowd is going nuts regardless. they have waited for this moment. we can see, i see blue ish and greenish colors trying to burst through the clouds. now it is just getting much, much darker. [cheers and applause] >> that's the reason for this crowd noise. listen. here we are. totality right there. >> mason: wow. stunning. >> an amazing sight. this should last for a minute and a half here. 1:36 to be exact.
>> it is eerie how dark it became on the ground. it really is. p-rbg >> as i look around people aret. i can not believe any photo from a smart phone would do this justice. >> mason: no, it's hard to believe, mark. we will have to take a break for a moment as the eclipse finishes it's journey going through south carolina. we will be right back. you're watching cbs coverage of the eclipse of 2017.
>> mason: solar eclipse making it's last stand across south carolina on it's way out to sea. it's been a run across the country, 2500 miles an hour, 14 states. we will be back with the grand finale when cbs news special coverage of the solar eclipse of 2017 continues. this is not a cloud. this is a tomato tracked from farm to table on a blockchain,
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>> mason: we're now back in carbondale, illinois. we're joined by bob berry, the co-chair of the eclipse committee here at southern illinois. you saw something really special here today, bob. >> yes the start and the end of totality with the diamond rings. just after the second diamond ring we saw shadow band. >> mason: what does that mean? >> they look like snakes or ripples across the ground. we had eight tarps on the field with girl scouts around them looking foreshadow bands. they showed up at the end. it was awesome just after totality. i had never seen them before. i feel lucky to see them today. >> mason: we almost didn't get our eclipse? >> it was close. we got the best parts. the diamond ring at the start and the end and i saw
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>> mason: what an extra ordinary day. for at least a couple of hours today americans put their earthly cares aside and watched the wonders of the heavens. now as the sunsets slowly in the west we bid farewell to the eclipse of 2017. the next total solar eclipse in the continent u.s. is april 8th, 2024. this will be more about this on our streaming news network and right here tonight on the cbs evening news. for bill harwood and our
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