The solar eclipse

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Solar eclipse reaching the path of totality in the United States

Follow live updates from our reporters as the partial solar eclipse passes over Boston.

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ECLIPSE SLIDER2 Hopkinsville, KY -- 8/21/2017 - Xan Neumann, 13, of Houston tests out his solar glasses in Hopkinsville, the city nearest the point of greatest eclipse. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 22nestorpic Reporter: Nestor Ramos

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ECLIPSE SLIDER2 A crowd wears protective glasses as they watch the beginning of the solar eclipse from Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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ECLIPSE SLIDER3 People watch the start of the solar eclipse at Big Summit Prairie ranch in Oregon's Ochoco National Forest near the city of Mitchell on August 21, 2017. The Sun started to vanish behind the Moon as the partial phase of the so-called Great American Eclipse began Monday, with millions of eager sky-gazers soon to witness

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ECLIPSE SLIDER2 epa06154882 People attend a solar eclipse watch party at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Georgia, USA, 21 August 2017. The 21 August 2017 total solar eclipse will last a maximum of 2 minutes 43 seconds and the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 US states, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

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ECLIPSE SLIDER3 CARBONDALE, IL - AUGUST 21: C. D. Olsen adjust one of his vintage style cameras which he plans to use during the total solar eclipse on the campus of Southern Illinois University on August 21, 2017 in Carbondale, Illinois. With approximately 2 minutes 40 seconds of totality the area in Southern Illinois will experience the longest duration of totality during the eclipse. Millions of people are expected to watch as the eclipse cuts a path of totality 70 miles wide across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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ECLIPSE SLIDER4 epa06154975 A boy makes a pinhole eclipse viewer at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC, USA, 21 August 2017. The 21 August 2017 total solar eclipse will last a maximum of 2 minutes 43 seconds and the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 US states, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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ECLIPSE SLIDER1 CASPER, WY - AUGUST 21: People set up cameras and telescopes to watch the solar eclipse at South Mike Sedar Park on August 21, 2017 in Casper, Wyoming. Millions of people have flocked to areas of the U.S. that are in the

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ECLIPSE SLIDER1 Hopkinsville, KY -- 8/19/2017 - Emily Ludwig, 12, of Minnesota (R) and her brother Niles sit on top of their family's car which has been painted for the eclipse as they wait for the show to start at the point of greatest eclipse. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 22nestorpic Reporter: Nestor Ramos

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ECLIPSE SLIDER4 Alex Rivas, from Kewaunee, Wis., makes a lens mount out of duct tape in preparation for the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, on the beach at Isle of Palms, S.C. The city of Isle of Palms hosted a beach party

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ECLIPSE SLIDER1 The decorated car of Frank and Mary Ludwig, of La Crescent, Minn., sits at their campsite at the Orchard Dale historical farm near Hopkinsville, Ky. Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The location, which is in the path of totality of the solar eclipse, is also at the point of greatest intensity. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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ECLIPSE SLIDER1 Hopkinsville, KY -- 8/19/2017 - Pink flamingos named Fred (L) and Matilda have their solar glasses on as they wait for the show to start at the point of greatest eclipse. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 22nestorpic Reporter: Nestor Ramos

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ECLIPSE SLIDER1 People wait in line to buy viewing glasses for the eclipse at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles early Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

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ECLIPSE SLIDER1 Saluki cheerleaders try out eclipse glasses that they were giving out to visitors to Saluki Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Ill., on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Scientists said Monday's total eclipse would cast a shadow that would race through 14 states including Illinois. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

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ECLIPSE SLIDER4 Mexican players put on solar eclipse glasses for a television spot, just before a Little League World Series game against Asia-Pacific in Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Mark Pynes/PennLive.com via AP)

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Here’s what to expect in Boston today

In New England, a partial eclipse will be visible, beginning just before 2 p.m.

Hopkinsville, KY -- 8/19/2017 - Doug Gallagher, of Cincinnati, (R) runs with a kite for his two year-old daughter, Joy, down Sun Street at a makeshift campground in Hopkinsville city nearest the point of greatest eclipse. Gallagher and his family are camped out with others to watch tomorrow's eclipse. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21EclipseNashville Reporter: Nestor Ramos

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In Eclipseville, USA, it’s showtime

The long-awaited crowds are trickling into Hopkinsville, Ky., the closest city to what astronomers call the point of greatest eclipse.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/eclipseSlider4.jpg What happens if you look without special glasses?

You’ve heard the warnings by now: Don’t stare directly at the sun today during the solar eclipse — it could damage your eyes.

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Here’s a visual explainer of Monday’s rare astronomical event.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/eclipse1crop1-9800-U802632296594Je--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg The eclipse is here: How to watch

For those viewing the celestial event outside the path of totality, special safety lenses are recommended to prevent eye damage.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/SAO_22eclipseplane01_met.jpg Harvard-Smithsonian researchers will be chasing the solar eclipse by plane

Ed DeLuca and his team will be spending time in the air, studying the solar event as it happens.

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