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GILLETTE — A University of Wyoming professor is leading NASA's effort in the state to help capture the movement of the next total solar eclipse.

The Gillette News Record reports the eclipse will occur Aug. 21, 2017. Michael Pierce is the Wyoming state coordinator for a NASA project aimed at creating a 90-movie of the solar corona during the total eclipse.

The film will be captured using 61 telescope stations across the country, including nine in Wyoming.

The state's telescope locations include the city park in Riverton, Izaak Walton Park in Casper and Guernsey Elementary School. Pierce says high school teachers and students will monitor the telescopes and record the total eclipse on video at each point.

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The last total solar eclipse to cross America occurred Feb. 26, 1979.

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