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United States of America gets a glimpse of first solar eclipse for 99 years

United States of America gets a glimpse of first solar eclipse for 99 years

Photographers within the 70-mile wide path of totality captured the rare and striking celestial phenomenon, as the moon moved between the sun and Earth and completely blocked the solar surface for a couple minutes, casting a dark shadow on our planet.

SC was in the path of totality for the solar eclipse today, which meant the viewers were treated to a phenomenal sight today.

As millions of awestruck Americans cast their gaze skyward on Monday at the extraordinary sight of a total solar eclipse, one CT man had his eyes set firmly on a different prize.

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What: Observe the eclipse through telescopes with filters, on projections, through glasses available to purchase or live broadcasts from NASA and SciDome staff.

The path of totality, it turns out, is a pretty personal thing. Will said, "It's so exciting because it's been 36 years and I've never seen a solar eclipse".

Parking for eclipse viewers in downtown Idaho City
Parking for eclipse viewers in downtown Idaho City

While the forecast called for clear skies for the Pacific Northwest, the Northern and Central Plains could be cloudy, obscuring the view for eclipse hopefuls there, according to Weather.com.

There hasn't been a coast-to-coast total eclipse in the United States since June 1918, as World War I raged and Woodrow Wilson sat in the White House.

What started as a tiny crescent of the moon's shadow has turned into a perfectly lovely eclipse.

Is the solar eclipse worth all the hype?

"It's like nothing else you will ever see or ever do", said veteran eclipse-watcher Mike O'Leary of San Diego, who set up his camera along with among hundreds of other amateur astronomers gathered in Casper, Wyoming. Animal behaviorists and botanists were having a literal field day. CHARLESTON, SCFolks witnessed the solar eclipse in Charleston in dramatic fashion.

"This eclipse is a huge deal because it has been so long since we've had an opportunity to observe a solar eclipse", says "Cosmic Mike" Smith, senior astronomy educator at North Museum of Nature and Science. Another total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on April 8, 2024.