A total solar eclipse will be on display over a swath of North America on April 8, allowing an estimated 31 million people a chance to step outside and see the sun’s corona in space.
Experts have put together maps that show the so-called “path of totality,” where the moon’s shadow will cross the continent. For people watching from their backyards in that corridor, they’ll have the unusual opportunity to remove protective eclipse glasses for up to 4.5 minutes during totality, when the sun is 100 percent concealed behind the moon.
But we’re not all cartographers. If reading a map isn’t your bag, bookmark this guide. Eclipse calculators, like the ones provided below, can help determine whether your location will be in the moon’s shadow. If it’s not, you’ll at least know how much of the sun the moon will block from your vantage point. Everywhere else in the U.S. mainland, from coast to coast, will get a partial eclipse, meaning some portion of the sun will be exposed, said Michael Zeiler, a geographer and co-founder of Great American Eclipse, a resource for solar eclipses around the world.
“For the people who are in the partial eclipse that can’t get to the total solar eclipse, they can still see some interesting things,” he told Mashable. “One of the most interesting things they can see is the shadow projections from tree leaves because the gaps between leaves in a tree can form these shadows on the ground that are very striking.”