These states will have the best views of the solar eclipse

On August 21, 2017, parts of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse — when the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun, and blocks out the sun’s light.

While everyone in the US will be able to see at least a partial eclipse, some states will have better views than others.

The total eclipse will only cut through a 70-mile-wide band of the country, stretching from the northwest to the southeast US. Those in this zone will see the eclipse in its totality (i.e when the moon appears to completely cover the sun). Others will see a partial eclipse.

The NASA map below shows where the total eclipse will pass through.

As you can see, cities like Kansas City, Missouri and Charleston, South Carolina, fall in line with the eclipse’s path of totality. These areas will see nearly a 100% obscuration of the sun, weather permitting.

In cities like San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, California, the moon will just block between 60% and 70% of the sun.

You can use this US Naval Observatory tool to calculate exactly how much of the total eclipse you will see in your town or city.

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