Full solar eclipses viewable from populated areas are rare. The last full solar eclipse in the U.S. was in 1979, but it only covered five states, according to NASA.
West Palm Beach, FL...The moon obscurs a little more than 51 percent of the sun at 5:24 p.m. Friday during a partial eclipse. Staff photo by Allen Eyestone
Palm Beach Post Staff photo by Allen Eyestone
People from all over the world plan to travel to areas within the 100-mile swath of totality to see the show. But reservations for hotels and car rentals are filling up fast, and many eclipse tour groups have “no vacancies” stamped on their websites.