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Everything you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse

Different phases of a solar eclipse — ranging from a crescent to a complete eclipse — seen over a dark sky.
This composite image shows the progression of a total solar eclipse over Madras, Oregon, on Monday, August 21st, 2017.  | Image: NASA / Aubrey Gemignani

Things are going to get a little wacky on April 8th, when a total solar eclipse will darken skies over North America. The Moon will line up perfectly to block the face of the Sun. Temperatures will drop around 10 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius). Birdsong will change from daytime to nighttime tunes. And millions of people are expected to hit the road to catch a glimpse of the spectacle.

The Verge has your guide for how to partake in the fun.

What exactly is happening? And what will I see?

“The disk of the Moon is in just the right location, just the right distance to completely cover the disk of the Sun. And when that happens, magic happens,” NASA heliophysics research and analysis lead Patrick Koehn told The Verge in an interview…

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