Today, August 21, a total solar eclipse will cover parts of western North Carolina in darkness for anywhere from a minute-and-a-half to nearly 3 minutes -- better grab your eclipse glasses (and brush up on why they're so important!). And in most excellent news: the weather forecast is looking amazing. High pressure should make for clear skies and perfect viewing, so make sure you get outside! In case you need a refresher, a total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, thus blocking our view of the sun’s rays. If you’re in the path of totality (the cities listed below all are), you’ll experience darkness and a temperature drop.
This is actually the first total solar eclipse to happen since 1918, and for most of us, it’s the only one we’ll get to see in our lifetime. If the towns below are a little out of reach for you, you can always check this eclipse map that covers the whole path, from coast to coast. That said, you'll likely be able to catch some of the eclipse anyway... as long as you get out of your house before 2:30pm. Also, if you totally forgot this is happening, Neil deGrasse Tyson has you covered with his one ingenious hack.