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Solar eclipse interactive “cloudiness” map reveals where to get the best views

Are you familiar with the path of the upcoming solar eclipse? NASA created an entire website that reveals who will have the best view and lots of other information on this amazing celestial event.

The total eclipse (where the moon completely blocks the sun) will be visible in 14 states. Those states are Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Unfortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that cloudy weather will obstruct the view of people in those states who live on the coast.

Here’s a map of the cloud forecast in relation to the path of the eclipse. The darker the circles, the cloudier that region will be. Click here and scroll down to the interactive map to see the specific forecast for your area.

As the moon passes over the sky, the actual eclipse will only last for a few minutes. To savor the moment, you may want to snap some photos. Click here to learn how to photograph the solar eclipse!

Even if you don’t live in one of those 14 states, you can still get an interesting view. Everyone in North America and people in parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will all see a partial eclipse. The closer you get to the path of the eclipse, more and more of the sun will be blocked.

The most important thing you can do to prepare for the eclipse is to buy protective eyewear. According to NASA, viewing the eclipse without protective eyewear could severely hurt your eyes. Only American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, TSE 17, and Thousand Oaks Optical have certified protective eclipse glasses.

View the chart below so that you know when or if it’s safe to take off your protective eyewear during the eclipse.

*If you’re reading this on the app, click here to see all of the photos.

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