As pictured above on Friday, our friend Mike Skywatcher hooked up Joey Pants and me with official solar eclipse viewing glasses for today's sky show.

Peak viewing of today's total solar eclipse, the first total solar eclipse to sweep the United States from coast to coast in nearly a century, will happen at 2:24 this afternoon. People will be staked out in prime viewing spots along a narrow path reaching from Oregon to South Carolina to observe the moon blotting out the sun today.

Fingers crossed for clear skies as the 'grandest of cosmic spectacles', as dubbed by astronomers, occurs today.

If you don't yet have a pair of official viewing glasses and want a pair, the first one thousand people through the gates at Cooley Law School Stadium for the Lansing Lugnuts game today will get a pair. Also, some of the Capital Area District Libraries will host events and have glasses on hand. Get more details here in the Lansing State Journal. 

If you already got your eclipse viewing glasses, make sure the ones you have are safe - check out the link here to NASA's site regarding safety. Really, you'll burn our retinas if you look at the sun without proper protection.