Hi, I am in Salem, Oregon, where some friends and I just spent the night at a church, and watched the eclipse this morning!
A perfect solar eclipse like the one on Monday was the inspiration for The Privileged Planet, an important and unusual book in the canon of intelligent design works.
The best time and place to view total solar eclipses in our Solar System is just when and where there are observers to see them. Let that sink in.
The basic idea is that meeting the requirements for the habitability of the Earth for observers makes it more likely that solar eclipses are possible.
C’mon. This is the first time in almost a century that a total eclipse will traverse the fruited plains from coast to coast.