Airbnb giving away front row seat to total solar eclipse

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Airbnb is giving away a luxurious stay with a prime view of the upcoming total solar eclipse. (Airbnb.com)

Weeks ahead of the upcoming total solar eclipse, it's next to impossible to book a hotel room in the parts of the country where you'll get the best view of the striking phenomenon -- but Airbnb might be your key to getting in.

The lodging app has teamed up with National Geographic to launch an essay contest, and the grand prize is a stay in a luxury tent on the Pacific coast (in the eclipse's path of totality) and a front-row seat to the eclipse as it sweeps across the continent.

Winners will join an astrophysicist and a night-sky photographer in a private jet for a view of the eclipse from the sky.

Essays must discuss how the eclipse will bring people together. They can be submitted on Airbnb's website.

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