To say people are excited about this month’s total solar eclipse would be an understatement.

Hotels along the 70-mile wide and 3,000-mile-long swath where the solar eclipse will pass through are completely booked and have been for months.

Starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina, cities across this cross-country belt expect a surge of historic traffic and, in some cases, a port-a-potty shortage.

“People who live in that shadow path, they will see day turn into night, they will see it get cooler, stars will come out, planets will come out, the birds will go silent,” Tariq Malik, managing editor at space.com said. “Cows on some farms will maybe think its time to go back into the barn – you know a lot of things happen both up in space and on the ground.”

Watch the full interview with Tariq Malik on Pix 11 News.

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For eclipse enthusiasts, amateur astronomers and those with just a passing interest in the Aug. 21 coast-to-coast solar eclipse, look no further than your web browser or smartphone to learn how to make the most of this rare and spectacular event.

Three smartphone/tablet apps stand out: Eclipse Safari (free), Solar Eclipse by Redshift ($1.99), and Smithsonian Eclipse 2017 (free). All three are available for Android and iOS.

Eclipse Safari is from the makers of Sky Safari, one of the leading astronomy programs for computers, tablets and smartphones. Sky Safari code also powers the same interactive map and planetarium view used by the Smithsonian app.

The well-engineered Eclipse Safari features a news feed from Space.com, realtime eclipse updates and will play NASA’s livestream during the actual eclipse, showing realtime views from various sites across the nation.

Read the full article by William Harwood on CBS News.

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