Cell­phone ser­vice could be spotty for eclipse-watch­ers

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OPINION -

ST. LOUIS » If you plan to livestream next month’s so­lar eclipse from one of the prime view­ing spots, here’s a thought: Keep your phone in your pocket, put on your pa­per shades and just en­joy the ce­les­tial won­der.

The Aug. 21 so­lar eclipse, when pas­sage of the moon com­pletely blocks out the sun, will be seen first in Ore­gon and cut di­ag­o­nally across 14 states to South Carolina.

It will be the first to­tal so­lar eclipse vis­i­ble coast to coast since 1918.

The best places to see it fall within a 60- to 70-mile-wide swath known as the “path of to­tal­ity,” where there will be pe­ri­ods of to­tal dark­ness rang­ing up to two min­utes and 40 sec­onds.

The path carves through largely ru­ral ar­eas, where cell­phone ser­vice can be spotty at best, though, so it may not be pos­si­ble to quickly post to Face­book, In­sta­gram and the like even though car­ri­ers plan to tem­po­rar­ily boost ca­pac­ity in some places.

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