How the total solar eclipse will steal your heart
by Anne Dujmovic
The Aug. 21 solar eclipse in the US is the most accessible in decades. But take it from Mr. Eclipse, once you've seen one, you'll want to see another.
A total solar eclipse that stretches from coast to coast in the US, the first in nearly 100 years, is coming Aug. 21.
For the truly lucky, at least 12 million people, the eclipse is coming to them. People who live in the 70-mile-wide path of totality that spans 14 states only have to put on eclipse-viewing glasses and step outside to watch the moon block out the sun.
The rest of us are going to have to work a little harder. We're going to have to go to it.
Fred Espenak is the type of person who doesn't wait for a total eclipse to come to him. For nearly 50 years, he's traveled to every continent -- even Antarctica -- to witness the natural wonder he rates "1 million" on a scale of 1 to 10. The retired NASA astrophysicist met his future wife during an expedition to India. He was serenaded by crickets during an eclipse in Zambia.