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US gears up for total eclipse

US gears up for total eclipse
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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.

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.

Locals have been capitalizing on the event, from renting out their homes to creating eclipse-themed merchandise.

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.