view of the moon during a solar eclipse with dark background clouds

Even if you're not a regular star-gazer, the sight of a full solar eclipse is an event that no one should miss. Occurring only on average once every four decades, the new moon will be passing directly between the Earth and the sun this summer – and it will all be visible from the continental United States.

Passing through the American Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Southeast on August 21, this will be the first time since 1918 that the phenomenon will be visible from both the East Coast and the West Coast. The exact states within which the event will be visible are: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

For those who aren't able to make the drive over into the eclipse's 'path of totality', NASA will be livestreaming the event with the help of 57 high-altitude balloons across the country. Floating 100,000 feet in the air above the cloud layer, the next best option will be to view the outdoor sight from the indoor comfort of your home.

Take to the skies in Cappadocia with Turkey's famed hot air balloons: