By now, you've obviously heard about Monday's solar eclipse. This is a very rare scientific event--we see lunar eclipses fairly regularly, but a solar eclipse (where the moon passes over the sun) happens almost once in a lifetime. And Iowans should get a pretty good view!

According to the National Weather Service in Des Moines, these are the best times to check out Monday's eclipse:

This link will show you what the eclipse will look like anywhere in the U.S.

Here's why seeing a solar eclipse is such a rare phenomenon:

I'm excited! Just make sure you don't look directly into the sun unless you have those special goggles. But I'm sure you already knew that. Thanks, Mom!