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Solar Eclipse: Nearly $700M In Lost Productivity & Everything Else You Need To Know

HOPKINSVILLE, KY - AUGUST 16: Solar Eclipse related items are offered for sale at Griffin's Studio on August 16, 2017 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville, in Western Kentucky, is located near the point of greatest totality for the August 21 eclipse. The eclipse will cut a path of totality 70 miles wide across the United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

It's finally here...after a couple of months of hype, it's Great American Eclipse day! Hopefully, we'll be able to catch a glimpse of the first total eclipse since 1979, (well, at least a partial eclipse here in Florida.) Don't forget your protective eclipse glasses--or if you weren't able to find any because they were sold out or recalled, click HERE to find out how to make NASA's recommended pinhole projector with items from around your house.

Not only is this the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in quite some time, but also the first one seen coast-to-coast in almost 100 years. It's going to be quite some time before we see another total solar eclipse here in the U.S.--the next one will be in 2024 with the next coast-to-coast solar eclipse not until 2045. Unfortunately, we're not in what's being called the "Path Of Totality"--that's where people will see the moon completely blocking the sun.

ATHENS - MARCH 29: A total solar eclipse is seen on March 29, 2006 above Athens, Greece. In an annular or total eclipse, the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth and completely blocking the sun. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/ Getty Images)

Still, there are A LOT of people that are going to be giving it a shot. According to Daily Mail,the firm Challenger Gray & Christmas did the math & projects that as many as 87 million workers will be sidetracked by the eclipse, accounting for at least $694 million in lost productivity. They expect the eclipse to keep people off-task for around 20 minutes.

Click here for everything else you need to know about today's eclipse, including how to protect your camera.