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NASA Jets Will Extend Eclipse By Chasing Moon's Shadow

Cold War-era tactical bombers specially equipped with stabilized telescopes will fly over the central United States on Aug. 21, taking detailed observations of the Sun's atmosphere.
A NASA illustration showing twin WB-57F research planes tracking the eclipse over North America. Source: Bardur Eklund

If you're lucky enough to be in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse over North America, you will get at best about 2 ½ minutes to view "totality" – when the moon almost completely covers the disc of the Sun.

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