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That’s how long ago the pre­vi­ous coast-to-coast solar eclipse was last seen in the U.S. There will be an­other to­tal solar eclipse in July 2019, but it will be vis­i­ble only in parts of Ar­gentina and Chile. The truth is, eclipses aren’t all that rare. “To­tal solar eclipses oc­cur ev­ery two years,” says Nye, au­thor of the just-re­leased Ev­ery­thing All at Once. “They come in pairs. They’re more fre­quent than pres­i­den­tial elec­tions!” Most are vis­i­ble only to rel­a­tively few peo­ple or from places where many peo­ple can’t eas­ily go—re­mote moun­tain­tops, the mid­dle of an ocean, un­pop­u­lated ar­eas hun­dreds or thou­sands of miles away from any­thing else. That makes the 2017 eclipse ex­tra spe­cial.

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