Planning a trip in search of totality on 21 August in the US? Our guide provides advice on vantage points and events along the Oregon-to-South Carolina viewing corridor, plus tips on places to stay

Total solar eclipses are often dismissed as merely a fleeting period of darkness in the day but they’re actually a short, spectacular view of the sun’s ice-white corona. As the moon completely blocks the sun for a few minutes, that pulsing corona – the sun’s usually invisible outer atmosphere – appears. For these few precious minutes, the sun, moon, Earth (and you) are aligned, and it’s safe to remove eclipse glasses – and see one of the most stunning sights of your life.

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Source: The Guardian

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