At this point, you either have plans to spend your life savings traveling for a front row seat somewhere along the total solar eclipse's path of totality, or to settle for watching the markedly less life-changing -- but still stunning -- partial eclipse from your area. Either way, you have no excuse to miss the historic event, so it would behoove you to figure out exactly when to put on your special eclipse glasses and look up for it today. Thankfully, there are helpful tools and maps for that.
Like with any celestial event -- from meteor showers to the northern lights -- you'll have to be in the right place at the right time on August 21 in order to witness the wonder unfold. While everyone in the United States will have a chance to see at least a partial eclipse (weather permitting), the best time to watch it and how long it'll last varies from location to location. Here's how to find out when it'll happen in your area:
NASA's interactive eclipse map
To help ease all the confusion (science is hard), the space agency has launched an interactive map that will tell you exactly when the partial eclipse will begin, when it will be at its peak, and when it will end at any location. All you have to do is open the map, click on your location to add a marker there, and a bubble would pop up showing precisely when you should go outside and witness the phenomenon from your backyard, fire escape, drive way, what have you. The only challenge here is converting the prescribed eclipse viewing times from UT time (Universal Time) to your local time, but a quick Google search will do the job.