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Find out what type of solar eclipse you'll see on Aug. 21

Some people will get the total eclipse experience. But not everyone.

In less than a month, the moon will cross in front of Earth's view of the sun and create a total solar eclipse – an event that happens every 18 months or so.

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will be visible (at least in some form) for basically the entire continental United States. 

So people are already making plans for how to view it without their eyeballs burning up and falling out (or just causing some vision damage).

How to know what to expect from your home

Only some of us will get the full, total solar eclipse experience.

And Vox created this nifty new tool to help you plan ahead. Punch in your ZIP code and it tells you:

  • Whether you'll get a full or partial eclipse.
  • What time it'll peak.
  • And the nearest spot to see a full eclipse.

For example, here's what shows up for 55744 – the Grand Rapids, Minnesota, ZIP code.

And now you know if you need to plan a road trip on Aug. 21.

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