This tiny town is the best place to catch the total solar eclipse

When the sun goes dark, don't panic. The world isn't ending.

You might be one of the lucky ones to catch a total solar eclipse this summer on August 21st -- and the best place to watch it is a tiny town in southern Illinois.

For the first time in 99 years, a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States -- so long ago, even your grandparents haven't had a chance like this. Keep your eyes peeled. Even in the best spots, you'll have a quick two minutes to see it.

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This combo shows different phases of the solar eclipse seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway, on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / HAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)
A total solar eclipse can be seen in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, on March 20, 2015. A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / HAAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)
SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: A view of a partial solar eclipse in progress on March 20, 2015 in Somerset, England. Many parts of Europe bore witness as the largest solar eclipse since 1999 swept over the continent during the early hours of the morning. Only the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic and Svalbard in the Arctic saw a total solar eclipse during this event. PHOTOGRAPH BY iVistaphotography / Barcroft UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com
UNSPECIFIED, UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 20: A rare partial solar eclipse is seen over Northamptonshire on March 20, 2015 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
On 22 July 2009 the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century was photographed from the Pacific Ocean for over 6.5 minutes. (Photo credit: Getty)
HÃFN, ICELAND - MARCH 20: The moon is moving out to the left during the solar eclipse on march 20, 2015 in Höfn, South Iceland. PHOTOGRAPH BY Pall Jokull / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Pall Jokull / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HÃFN, ICELAND - MARCH 20: A composite image of the first half of the solar eclipse where sun is visible just over the horizon on march 20, 2015 in Höfn, South Iceland. PHOTOGRAPH BY Pall Jokull / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Pall Jokull / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A partial solar eclipse visible over a statue located at the rooftop of Austrian Art History Museum in Vienna on March 20, 2015. PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
A total solar eclipse can be seen in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, on March 20, 2015. A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / JON OLAV NESVOLD +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read JON OLAV NESVOLD/AFP/Getty Images)
A combo of three pictures shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 over Strasbourg, eastern France. A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 20: The sun is pictured during a partial solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 in Muncih, Germany. Over Central Europe the moon was scheduled to cover approximately 75% of the sun for a short period starting at approximately 9:30am. The next solar eclipse will not occur until 2021. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN TO BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: A partial solar eclipse is observed during a flight between Aberdeen to Birmingham on March 20, 2015. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: A composite picture of the eclipse taken through a candle-smoke glass on March 20, 2015 in Gloucestershire, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jules Annan / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Jules Annan / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
ICELAND - MARCH 20: A view of the partial solar eclipse as seen on March 20, 2015 in Iceland. PHOTOGRAPH BY Bragi Kort / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Bragi Kort / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
SEVEROMORSK, RUSSIA - MARCH 20: A partial solar eclipse is visible through Russian solders on Russian North on March 20, 2015 in Severomorsk-3, Russia. (Photo Anatoly Zhdanov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
A partial solar eclipse of the sun is visible over Glasgow, Scotland on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)
A combination of five pictures shows the motion of the moon as it passes the face of the sun during a partial solar eclipse seen through a break in the cloud cover over Scarborough, Northern England on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
AKUREYRI, ICELAND - MARCH 20: The 2015 Solar Eclipse viewed at Akureyri on March 20 2015 in Iceland. PHOTOGRAPH BY Einar Gudmann / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Einar Gudmann / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A picture taken on March 20, 2015 shows a partial solar eclipse of the sun visible over the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A combo of 9 pictures taken on March 20, 2015 in Gaiberg near Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, shows a partial solar eclipse from the beginning (top, L) to the end (bottom, R). A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND (Photo credit should read DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images)
COTSWOLDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: A rare partial solar eclipse is seen at 09.46 over Burford on March 20, 2015 in the Cotswolds, United Kingdom. The solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, started at 08:24 GMT and continues until 10:41 GMT, with the maximum obscuration of the Sun happening at 09:31 GMT. The last significant solar eclipse visible from the UK was on 11 August, 1999. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
This combo of different phases of the solar eclipse seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, an archipeligo administered by Norway, on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / Jon Olav Nesvold +++ NORWAY OUT (Photo credit should read JON OLAV NESVOLD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man uses a protective slide to watch as the moon passes infront of the Earth's star marking a total eclipse, the only one this year, in Vigo, northwestern Spain on March 20, 2015. The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, located 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) from the North Pole, is along with the Faroe Islands the only place the total eclipse will be visible, assuring three minutes of total darkness when the moon totally blocks the sun. AFP PHOTO/ MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
The moon passes infront of the Earth's star marking the begining of a total eclipse, the only one this year, in Vigo, northwestern Spain on March 20, 2015. The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, located 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) from the North Pole, is along with the Faroe Islands the only place the total eclipse will be visible, assuring three minutes of total darkness when the moon totally blocks the sun. AFP PHOTO/ MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
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It'll take a path clean through the middle of the country, starting out in Oregon. But the hottest place to go seems to be Makanda, Illinois where the population is only 547.

Tens of thousands of people are planning to flood the region to view it and locals are more than little worried about getting swamped by crowds. Hotels are booked for miles, and some are even hoping to crash in the backyards of residents.

But if you haven't planned a trip already, no need to rush, the ridiculously lucky town of Makanda will be right in the crosshairs of another total eclipse in 2024.

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