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PHOTOS: The Day The Eclipse Came To America

Brothers Chris and Gabe Fabiano watch a solar obscure on Hilton Head Island, SC.

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Brothers Chris and Gabe Fabiano watch a solar obscure on Hilton Head Island, SC.

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Eclipses are among a many likely events on a planet. This one was famous about for many decades before it crossed America progressing today.

Accordingly, people had been formulation obscure highway trips for weeks in advance. They piled into planes and cars and done their approach to a 70-mile-wide swath of land where a sum obscure would be visible. They checked online calculators, that told them a time of assemblage down to a second.

Plastic pinkish flamingos wear solar obscure observation eyeglasses during a campsite nearby Hopkinsville, KY.

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Plastic pinkish flamingos wear solar obscure observation eyeglasses during a campsite nearby Hopkinsville, KY.

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And nonetheless for all a certainty, when Americans finally stopped to demeanour up, many were gob-smacked by what they saw. For a integrate of minutes, a heat dropped, eve fell in mid-day, and a object was transposed by a round of wispy white light—the heat of a solar aurora that is usually manifest when a moon directly blocks a sun’s rays.

Moments before a sum obscure during a football track during Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

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Moments before a sum obscure during a football track during Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

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Members of a Rome Braves teenager joining group watch a obscure in Columbia, SC.

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There were gasps and cheers as a obscure done a initial coming over Oregon in a mid-morning internal time. From there it swept opposite a republic during some-more than a thousand miles per hour. In Idaho they watched from inhabitant parks and high-school football fields. In Western Nebraska, people collected during Carhenge, a roadside captivate clinging to automotive mysticism. Outside of Troy, KS somebody set off fireworks.

A kitchen colander is used to plan images of a obscure in Nyack, NY.

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Margaret Julian looks by solar eyeglasses to watch a sum solar obscure in midtown Atlanta, GA.

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Margaret Julian looks by solar eyeglasses to watch a sum solar obscure in midtown Atlanta, GA.

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Patchy clouds vaporous a perspective for some places like Nashville, though even if a obscure couldn’t be seen, people were treated to other unworldly phenomena, such as birds retreating from a sky and crickets chirping in midday.

People watch a sum solar obscure from Clingmans Dome, in a Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

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At 2:49 PM Eastern Time, a obscure crossed Charleston, South Carolina and altered out over a Atlantic, accurately as predicted. It left behind millions of Americans whose perspective of a universe was been quickly altered and, for some, perpetually changed.

The moon covers a object nearby Redmond, OR.

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The moon covers a object nearby Redmond, OR.

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