August 21, 2017 – The moon will pass between the sun and Earth today, blocking out the sun as a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States for the first time since 1979.

The path of totality, or total solar eclipse, will cover 12 states across the country with a partial solar eclipse blocking out portions of the sun for others.

The last total solar eclipse occurred on February 26th, 1979 with newspapers providing many similar headlines to today, including a reminder for people not to stare at the sun… By comparison, news coverage of the total solar eclipse of 1918 was largely overshadowed by the first World War.