Next month, the United States will get to witness the first total eclipse to cross the entire country in 99 years. But do you know the best place near you to take in this rare sight?
The “Great American Eclipse” will take place on Aug. 21, 2017. While everyone in North America will be able to see a partial eclipse, but the total eclipse will only be visible in certain areas of the U.S.
NASA has created a nifty interactive map that will help you plan for this incredible event. The blue lines on the map represent the central path of the eclipse. By hovering over your location, you’ll see how long you can see the eclipse for, as well as if it will be a partial or total eclipse.
The upcoming eclipse will be a solar eclipse, which means that the moon will completely cover the sun. For those of you in the path of the total eclipse, the sky will briefly darken. Essentially, you’ll be standing in the moon’s shadow. For this to occur, the sun, moon, and Earth must be in a direct line.