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25 Nov 2014, 16:04 UTC It’s November 25, 2014. Thoughts of the holidays are everywhere because it’s exactly one month until Christmas. But that’s not what’s on my mind. [caption image="http://cs.astronomy.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-00-51-Outreach/7510.ecl_5F00_seq_5F00_ben_5F00_cooper.jpg" position="right" targeturl="http://cs.astronomy.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-00-51-Outreach/7510.ecl_5F00_seq_5F00_ben_5F00_cooper.jpg"]This sequence shows the progression of a total solar eclipse. It's what anyone in the path of totality August 21, 2017, will see if they use an approved solar filter. // Ben Cooper/LaunchPhotography.com[/caption]I’m currently on vacation. My wife and I are in St. Joseph, Missouri, visiting her parents for the week. This morning, I appeared as a guest on the morning show at KFEQ, a radio station here in St. Joe located at 680 on the AM dial. In about an hour I’ll be speaking to the Downtown Rotary Club. And Saturday night, rather than experiencing some authentic Kansas City blues at one of the nearby clubs, I presented a talk to the Astronomical Society of Kansas City. Wait a minute. I did say I was on vacation, right? What’s with all the astronomy-related stuff? Actually, it’s a bit more specific. It’s eclipse-related stuff. As you might have heard, a total solar eclipse will wash over the United States on August 21, 2017. Because the dark part of the Moon’s shadow passes directly ...

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