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US gears up for total eclipse

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By Euronews
US gears up for total eclipse

<p>The small town of Carbondale, Illinois, is gearing up to become eclipse central, one day before the total eclipse that will cross the continental United States.</p> <p>The city is just a few miles from the point of greatest duration and will have a total solar eclipse of 2 minutes and 38 seconds.</p> <p>Locals have been capitalizing on the event, from renting out their homes to creating eclipse-themed merchandise.</p> <p>The last eclipse to unfold from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast was in 1918. The last total eclipse seen anywhere in the US was in 1979.</p>