The tiny town of Rosman is gearing up for the total solar eclipse on August 21. This will be the first visible over the contiguous United States in thirty-eight years, and it will be exclusively observable in the United States. It will also be the first in history to pass directly over an astronomical research facility with four state-of-the-art radio telescopes, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. The moon will totally block the sun, leaving only its corona visible, but only over a path 70 miles wide, which will sweep from Yaquina Head, Oregon, through Greenville, South Carolina, before the alignment is lost over the Atlantic. The blackout will last only one minute and forty-seven seconds over Rosman, but tickets to watch through the telescopes are already sold out. As consolation, a balloon will be launched to 90,000 feet to livestream coverage. Lodging facilities are selling out in advance. The Ash Grove Mountain Cabins and Camping, for example, sold out to a regular who booked the whole campus for family members. The Hampton Inn is reserving media space for teams from national networks. The Transylvania Tourism Development Authority has been hyping the event for a year, and it has contracted with a marketing agency to address traffic and public safety issues, since the largest event the town has ever endured has been the annual White Squirrel Festival, which draws 35,000 tourists over three days.