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Eclipse expected to draw hundreds of thousands to Missouri

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to trek to Missouri next month, all to soak in less than three minutes of darkness.

A total solar eclipse really isn't that rare — one occurs every 1-3 years when passage of the moon completely blocks the sun, casting a shadow on Earth. But it is often seen only in remote places like the Antarctic.

The eclipse on Aug. 21 cuts diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina, offering coast-to-coast viewing for the first time since 1918. Missouri will offer some of the best places to watch as day briefly becomes night.

You'll need to leave the big cities for the best view. St. Louis and Kansas City aren't directly in the so-called...