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US Total Solar Eclipse: A Blow-By-Blow Account + Photos | The Precision

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The
first glimpses of the first total solar eclipse to cross the United
States from coast to coast in 99 years began in Oregon, with totality
just after 1 p.m. ET. What started as a tiny crescent of the moon’s
shadow turned into a perfectly beautiful eclipse in city after city. It
ended in South Carolina about 3 p.m. ET. 
 
A
partial solar eclipse was visible until just after 4 p.m. in the
Southeast. The next solar eclipse over the United States will occur in
April 2024.
 
During totality in many
cities, it looked like nighttime, with stars appearing in the sky and
the temperature dropping. Crickets could be heard chirping in Jefferson
City, Missouri.
 
Unfortunately for those in
Beatrice, Nebraska, there was a bit of a hazy view due to fog, but it
was still hauntingly beautiful. 
 
For those experiencing a
partial eclipse, streetlights came on, and the sky darkened to varying
degrees, with the light appearing almost unnatural.
 
Little crescents were
visible on the ground and reflecting off car windshields and skyscraper
windows. Particularly popular on social media were crescents showing up
in the shade of trees. The spaces between the leaves acted as pinholes.
The light that came through the many pinholes showed up as individual
crescents.
 
The view from 35,000 feet — for those with the appropriate glasses — was stunning. 
 
NASA was all about the
eclipse and having a bit of fun with it, tweeting a joke about the moon
blocking the sun — on social media. 
 
“HA
HA HA I’ve blocked the Sun! Make way for the Moon,” said the official
NASA Moon account, which blocked the NASA Sun’s account. 
 
Along with the moon and some
sunspots, the International Space Station made a cameo in front of the
sun. If you looked very closely, you could see it.
 
And the astronauts aboard the space station captured it as the eclipse moved across the country.
 
 
President Donald Trump and the first lady stepped outside the White House to take in the eclipse, glasses in place. 
 
US AG, Jeff Sessions also took some time off to catch a glimpse.

 
 
Photo Credit: Noah Gray
 
*Report substantially adapted from CNN
 
Source: The Precision

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