US gears up for total eclipse

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By Euronews
US gears up for total eclipse

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.