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Marquette Physics Professor Christopher Stockdale on the band of totality and significance of total solar eclipse

Associate Physics Professor Christopher Stockdale is headed to the band of totality where the views are expected to be the best for August 21st total eclipse.

This is the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. since 1979, when "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart was the number one song in America.

Next Monday's historic event will begin in Oregon, cut across Idaho and Montana, before going through Wyoming, down through Nebraska and Missouri before heading towards South Carolina.

Dr. Stockdale says it will go quickly with the moon's shadow going across the earth.

"Depending on where you are," says Dr. Stockdale, " If you're lucky, you'll get about 2 1/2 minutes of darkness, depending on where you're at. The whole process will take anywhere from two to four hours. If you stay in Milwaukee, you'll see about 80 percent of the eclipse."

CBS 58 will have live coverage of the eclipse starting on CBS 58 Morning News on August 21st. Mike Curkov and Chris Nelson will travel to southern Illinois and have reports throughout the day online and on the air.

For tips on how to make sure your eye wear is safe to view the eclipse click here


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