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Going to See the Solar Eclipse? Share Your Story with!

The Great American Solar Eclipse promises to be the celestial event of the century and the team is super-excited. But what about you? We want to know how important the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 is to you, and how your celebrating. 

We invite you to share your solar eclipse plans, hopes, expectations and results with us at our reader email: Be sure to include your full name and age, and where you'll be observing from. If you're traveling, let us know where you're traveling from, too! Your comments might make it into's eclipse coverage. I will be reporting from Southern Illoinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, the Eclipse Crossroads of America, for the epic event. If you're headed to Carbondale, let me know!

Here are some sample questions to ponder: 

  • Why go see a total solar eclipse in the first place? What made you want to see one?
  • Where are you traveling to and why that spot?
  • What is it that you hope to experience during the eclipse?
  • How are you traveling to see the total solar eclipse? Is it a solo trip or a group affair? A family vacation?
  • Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse before? If so, how many? And why see another one?

Do let us know and we wish you fair skies wherever you are for the Great American Solar Eclipse!


Tariq Malik managing editor

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Tariq Malik
Tariq Malik

Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter.