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Eclipse expected to draw hundreds of thousands to Missouri


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to trek to Missouri next month, all to soak in less than three minutes of darkness.

A total solar eclipse really isn't that rare — one occurs every 1-3 years when passage of the moon completely blocks the sun, casting a shadow on Earth. But it is often seen only in remote places like the Antarctic.

The eclipse on Aug. 21 cuts diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina, offering coast-to-coast viewing for the first time since 1918. Missouri will offer some of the best places to watch as day briefly becomes night.

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