Every now and then there's a total eclipse, and no, it's not of the heart. The moon is standing between the Earth and the sun today and will be casting a giant shadow over a (sadly, mostly uninhabited) section of the Southern Hemisphere. The annual solar eclipse passed through the western US earlier this year, but it was only a partial stellar wonder. Since the center of our universe will be completely concealed this time around, we've collected everything you need to know about this afternoon's solar eclipse.
- The eclipse's peak occurs at about 3:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. PST in the South Pacific — The instance of "greatest eclipse," aka the peak, is the moment when the moon's shadow and the Earth's center are the closest.
- Unless you're in Australia, you won't be able to see it — The path of the total solar eclipse will begin in Oz and be visible from land only for a short while. The only populated region that will see the eclipse is the city of Cairns, whose residents will view the solar wonder for an entire two minutes. It's visible on the wide, open ocean from there on out.
If you're wondering how to livestream the eclipse, read on.