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Aboard USS Yorktown, eclipse watchers ready for big event

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 00:57

Eclipse enthusiasts gather aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina, readying for a ''once in a lifetime'' experience when the moon's shadow passes directly in front of the sun. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Eclipse watchers gathered aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday (August 21) for an event called the 'Eclipse on a Warship'. Jack Crump from Jacksonville, Florida said he came to Charleston for the eclipse because "it's a once in a lifetime deal." The World War 2 era USS Yorktown is retired now, decommissioned in 1970 and turned into a museum ship docked at patriot's Point, South Carolina in 1975. Millions of Americans equipped with protective glasses are taking positions along a ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but a halo-like solar corona, will draw one of the largest audiences in human history, experts say, when those watching via social and broadcast media are included. Some 12 million people live in the 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone where the total eclipse will appear on Monday. Millions of others have travelled to spots along the route to bask in its full glory.

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Aboard USS Yorktown, eclipse watchers ready for big event

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 00:57