Here's how to get live footage of the solar eclipse from exactly where you are

Here's how to get live footage of the solar eclipse from exactly where you are

Here we go, guys! It's finally upon us. If you're looking for a way to spend your Monday that's literally out of this world, you could do a whole lot worse than donning your best sunglasses and watching the solar eclipse.

It's the first time in nearly a century that a solar eclipse can be viewed on both the East and West coasts of the United States, with the last time this happened being in June 1918. Safe to say, it's literally a once-in-a-lifetime event.

solar eclipse Credit: NASA

People have been going particularly crazy about this latest phenomena to grace Earth; from bizarre Craigslist ads (where there are people looking for someone to impregnate) to some great promotions by some of your favourite places (Krispy Kreme are giving out free doughnuts!) on the big day, it's set to be an eclipse you'll never forget. Assuming, of course, that you're actually in the right place to see it.

solar eclipse light band map Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

If you live in the specific band of the United States that gets to view the eclipse, then lucky you. What about the rest of us, though? How will we ever get to possibly view this total eclipse of the Sun? Fortunately, the internet at large has your back, and no matter whether you live in Reykjavik, Rwanda or Rotterdam, you'll have a great view to witness the solar eclipse.

First, there's the de facto space experts themselves: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known to you or I as NASA. They've announced they will be live streaming the event on their website, not to mention a few of their social media sites.

"On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event."

Interested? Then why not have a look here for the live stream on the NASA website, or have a look below for the live YouTube link.

Alternatively, NASA have partnered up with Facebook to give you a pretty amazing 360-degree, 4K-resolution from Charleston, South Carolina. Have a look at that below:

In all the excitement, please remember that there are bound to be bright lights abound, and in order to watch the event live without running the risk of blindness, please remember to avoid looking directly at the Sun. Using specially-filtered sunglasses, or even watching it digitally, is best for your health, but you can also construct yourself a DIY pinhole camera.

No matter where you are in the world, there's plenty of ways for you to view this amazing solar eclipse, live as it happens. NASA's coverage of the eclipse is set to kick off at around 15:30 UTC. If you're not sure when that is, then it might be worth checking out this time zone converter so you don't miss a thing. Happy viewing!