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Colorado Won't See Upcoming Solar Eclipse, But Will Come Close In 2017

DENVER (CBS4) - A total solar eclipse is set to happen on Friday, Mar. 20, 2015 - but it won't be visible from Colorado.

In fact, you'll need a passport to even catch a glimpse.

According to NASA, either a partial or total solar eclipse will be visible for places like Iceland, Norway, Europe and parts of Asia and Africa.

The next total solar eclipse seen in the United States won't occur until Aug. 21, 2017.

NASA has already set up a special page for that eclipse including maps that show where it will be visible.

The path of the total solar eclipse in 2017 will travel through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina.

Northeast Colorado will be extremely close to the path.

It looks like the "hot spot" in 2017 will be across extreme southern Illinois and western Kentucky where the total eclipse of the sun will last for nearly 3 minutes.

Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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