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Joe Foreman/ The Opinion-Tribune
Glenwood Public Library Director Tara Painter, Jadyn Wilgenbusch, Jordyn Wilgenbusch and Cooper Jones try on their special glasses for viewing the sun during a solar eclipse. Most of Mills County will experience a 98-percent partial solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. “The Iowa Triangle” in southwest Fremont County will experience totality shortly after 1 p.m.
Total Eclipse Of The Heartland

It’s being billed as one of the most-significant astronomical events in our nation’s history.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will make a rare pass directly between Earth and the sun, giving the United States its first total solar eclipse since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 99 years.

Moving in a diagonal and southeasterly direction at a speed of over 1,800 mph, the eclipse will begin near Lincoln Beach, Ore., at 9:05 a.m. (PDT), with totality beginning there at 10:16 a.m. (PDT).