Here’s Where to Watch This Month’s Total Solar Eclipse


On August 21, the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century will cross over the continental United States. Here’s where to experience the most exciting two minutes in astronomy.

Carbondale, Illinois
NASA will be live-streaming from this southern Illinois city a few miles north of the “greatest point of duration”—or the longest viewing period. Book a seat in the stadium and get there (way) early.

Dawson Springs, Kentucky
To keep it low-key, rent a lot in this tiny town and pitch a tent with like-minded eclipse-chasers. Make a day of it at the nearby Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory.

Cincinnati Observatory
Our resident stargazing outpost is not in the “path of totality,” meaning that our local view of the eclipse is only about 90 percent. But you can still visit from noon to 4 p.m. for viewing.

Illustrations by Zach Ghaderi

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