For the first time since 1918, the moon's shadow will cross most of the North American continent in what is known as the path of totality. While there are a handful of ideal places for solar eclipse viewing in the U.S., there are also apps for viewing the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. According to Space.com, apps can arm you with "information about when the eclipse will take place in your location, scientific information about the eclipse, and even audible announcements about when to put on and take off solar glasses."
And, if it's too cloudy to see the eclipse, which will last less than two minutes, you can watch NASA's live stream from an app. It's also important to know how to view an eclipse safely so you don't damage your eyes. Additionally, the eclipse will take place at a slightly different time in every location, so these apps to view the eclipse can help ensure you don't miss a second of this celestial action.
While there was a total solar eclipse in 1979, it was only visible in a few states in New England, so this is likely the first time you've had the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse, unless you're over 100 years old and can remember things from when you were an infant. If you're stoked to experience this rare event, make sure to download a few apps to view the eclipse.