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.

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.