A total solar eclipse will darken the skies across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, and spectators are traveling from across the globe to Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska for prime seats to view the rare event.
For observers within a 70-mile stretch, known as the “path of totality”, the moon will block the sun for almost two minutes. Tourism in those areas is expected to boom, with hotels and Airbnbs filling up months in advance. Solar farms and rooftop panels will be also be impacted, with the shadow expected to wipe out enough energy to power to 7 million homes.
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