It’s weird that we haven’t been talking more about the upcoming Great American Eclipse, which stands to be the biggest spectacle of the summer this side of Wonder Woman. To recap, on August 21, the sun will be entirely covered by the moon in a total solar eclipse—something that hasn’t happened for 99 years. Astronomers say it could be the most photographed and tweeted event in human history, beating out some Super Bowls, Olympics ceremonies and Beyoncé’s pregnancy.
During the eclipse, the shadow of the moon will be traveling along the “path of totality,” which is a 3,000-mile diagonal line across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina, and maybe also a lost Rush album. No matter where you live in America, you’ll be able to look up at the sky and see at least a partial solar eclipse. (Use this handy app from Vox to find out exactly when the eclipse will be visible in your area.) But if you want to see the whole shebang, you’ll have to travel to one of the prime viewing spots listed here.
According to Airbnb, there are more than 3,000 homes available to rent on what’s being dubbed Eclipse Eve in the best locations along the path of totality. But the online rental service wants to do you one even better: The site will put you up in a swanky geodesic dome near Bend, Oregon on Sunday, August 20 and then take you above the clouds in a private jet the next morning. That way you’ll be able to see the eclipse’s reflection and watch it move from the Pacific Ocean onto land, with two knowledgeable National Geographic Explorers providing expert commentary the whole time, per Conde Nast Traveler.
The only catch? You’ll need to win a contest to score the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here’s how to enter: Log in to Airbnb, head to the contest page and explain why you deserve the plum spot and not some other astronomy fiend who’s seen every episode of Cosmos seven times, in a cool 550 characters. Airbnb is looking for an especially creative response to this question:
“On August 21, 2017, millions of people from all walks of life will come together along a narrow band of the U.S., united by the desire to experience a rare astronomical event: a total solar eclipse. Tell us why you think this phenomenon is bringing people together, and why you want to be a part of it?”
The contest ends August 10. We’re guessing Airbnb has already received a bunch of pithy Bonnie Tyler references, so you’ll have to do better than that. And to read more about how Airbnb is moving from a rental service into a full-blown provider of adventure, check out our story on Airbnb Experiences from our Adventure Issue, on stands now.