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On August 21, 2017, the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1918, ran from coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina.
It was a big deal.
Some financial experts raced ahead in the news, predicting a $700 million dollar ‘hit’ to the USA’s collective productivity bottom line, thanks to people taking time out of their day (or the day off) to watch the celestial show. (Read why Forbes says this is bunk.) The Associated Press reported that it was the most observed and reported eclipse in history.
It was special for those of us occupying the north west hemisphere as this eclipse event was only visible in the United States and there won’t be another one like it until April 2024.
How special was it?