People across America View Historic Total Eclipse of the Sun
People across America used telescopes, cameras and protective glasses to watch a historic total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and Earth perfectly line up.
The total solar eclipse was visible along a path about 110 kilometers wide across 14 states. This “path of totality“ began in the western state of Oregon Monday morning. It ended in the afternoon in the southern state of South Carolina.
More than 100,000 people gathered in Madras, Oregon - a town with a population of just 7,000 – to be among the first to watch the total solar eclipse.
People from across the U.S. and around the world came together in many other areas to view the eclipse. Skies turned dark for about two minutes as the moon completely blocked the sun. In addition, temperatures dropped slightly and crickets could be heard making the noises usually heard only at night.
Areas outside the total path only experienced a partial solar eclipse. This included the rest of North America, Central America and the top of South America.
Weather officials reported about 70 percent of skies were clear for the eclipse.
It was the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse passed over parts of the entire United States. It was expected to be the most watched and documented eclipse in history.