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Get Ready, Westport: First US Total Eclipse Since 1979 Coming This Summer

A total solar eclipse will be visible in Fairfield County in August.
A total solar eclipse will be visible in Fairfield County in August. Photo Credit: Luc Viatour/www.Lucnix.be via wikipedia

The first total solar eclipse of the 21st century is coming this summer to the skies of Fairfield County.

The sun will disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, and leading to a quick plunge in temperatures before streamers of light streak across the sky around the moon's silhouette.

So mark your calendar now, Fairfield County residents. Monday, Aug. 21 will mark the first time a total solar eclipse will be visible from the mainland United States since 1979.

How long ago was that? Well, consider this: Jimmy Carter was president.

"A total eclipse of the sun belongs on everyone's bucket list," said Hudson Valley resident and renowned astronomer and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Aug. 21 eclipse will also be the first to sweep across the entire country since 1918.

Given all that, excitement is building. You can check out a website devoted just to the eclipse -- eclipse2017org -- by clicking here.

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