Save the date: 305 days to embrace the sun... before it disappears!

2016-10-20 12:10
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Cape Town - The world has seen some brilliant full moons and an epic 'ring of fire' eclipse in 2016, but an interesting phenomenon is coming our way in 2017.

Soon you will be reminded just how powerful our sun is when the hot summer days start rolling in - and yes, you will sometimes wish the sun away.

Be careful what you wish for.

In August 2017, the first total eclipse of the sun since 1979 will be visible in the US. The total eclipse is expected to be quite an event and The Independant reports that hotels and camping sites in the relevant areas have been filling up already for what is referred to as The Great American Eclipse.

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Spectators who are fortunate enough to witness the total eclipse on 21 August 2017 will be able to see a 360 degree sunset if they look around them during the sun's 2.5 minute vanishing act.

If you are planning your escape to the States in 2017, consider exploring the area around Nashville as NASA predicts this is where the eclipse can be best viewed.

American astronomers and fanatics eagerly await the event - one of five total eclipses expected over the next 35 years.

A photo posted by @greatamericaneclipse on

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