If you've been living in a hole in the ground (like me), you may be surprised to learn that there a a total solar eclipse passing across the US on Monday, August 21. The path of totality runs from Oregon to South Carolina. NASA has a lot of information, but my favorite site shows the path of totality superimposed on a Google map. An added feature is that if you click on a location, it shows details of when, where and how much. At my house, for example, the eclipse starts at 16:58 UTC, ends at 19:49 UTC and maximum (18:25), 91% of the sun will be covered. (That's 12:58, 2:25 and 3:49 pm after conversion to EDT.) But I won't be at home. I'll be at my sister's house in Oregon, which by a stroke of luck is less than ten miles north of the center of the path of totality. At that location (assuming it's not cloudy), totality will last all of two whole minutes. It's an experience I'm really looking forward to. I have a lot of time to study up on eclipse photography. With luck, I'll come home with some once-in-a-lifetime photos. You should do the same. And in case you want to travel somewhere to get a better look, Southwest will start taking reservations on Feb. 23.