From the east coast of North America, totality begins at 6:25 am EDT, NASA reports. The moon will be hanging low over the western horizon, probably swollen by the famous moon illusion into a seemingly-giant red orb, briefly visible before daybreak. Observers on the West Coast are even better positioned. The moon will be high in the sky as totality slowly plays out between 3:25 am and 4:24 am PDT.
NASA’s longtime eclipse expert Fred Espenak said:
It promises to be a stunning sight, even from the most light polluted cities. I encourage everyone, especially families with curious children, to go out and enjoy the event.