The Day When the Sun Disappeared: Solar Eclipse Worldwide Furor

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Millions of people across the globe (and even in space!) watched the sun get “swallowed” by the moon on August 21, 2017.

A total solar eclipse, dubbed the "Great American Eclipse," was seen across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. In other countries, the celestial event was visible only as a partial eclipse.

© AP Photo / Charles Sykes/Invision for Royal Caribbean InternationalActress and Royal Caribbean Adventurist Shay Mitchell bears witness to the Great American Eclipse aboard the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, on August 21. The ship sailed along the path of totality, offering passengers an unobstructed view at sea.
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Actress and Royal Caribbean Adventurist Shay Mitchell bears witness to the Great American Eclipse aboard the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, on August 21. The ship sailed along the path of totality, offering passengers an unobstructed view at sea.
© REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstA multiple exposure image shows the solar eclipse as it creates the effect of a diamond ring as seen from Clingmans Dome, which at 6,643 feet (2,025 meters) is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, US.
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A multiple exposure image shows the solar eclipse as it creates the effect of a diamond ring as seen from Clingmans Dome, which at 6,643 feet (2,025 meters) is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, US.
© AP Photo / Michael Noble Jr.A crowd reacts to the view of a partial solar eclipse as it peaks at over 70 percent coverage on August 21 in New York, US.
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A crowd reacts to the view of a partial solar eclipse as it peaks at over 70 percent coverage on August 21 in New York, US.
© REUTERS / Kevin LamarqueWhite House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (left) watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, US.
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White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (left) watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, US.
© REUTERS / Borja SuarezA woman makes a heart shape with her hands during a partial eclipse of the sun over the Roque Nublo mountain at the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain, on August 21.
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A woman makes a heart shape with her hands during a partial eclipse of the sun over the Roque Nublo mountain at the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain, on August 21.
© Photo : NASAAs millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon’s shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the phenomenon from space. Viewing the eclipse from orbit were NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, European Space Agency’s Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos’ Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental United States at an altitude of 250 miles (402 kilometers).
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As millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon’s shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the phenomenon from space. Viewing the eclipse from orbit were NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, European Space Agency’s Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos’ Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental United States at an altitude of 250 miles (402 kilometers).
© REUTERS / Mal LangsdonThe Saint-They Chapel is seen in silhouette at sunset during a partial solar eclipse, as the moon passes in front of the sun, seen at the Pointe du Van in Brittany, France, on August 21.
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The Saint-They Chapel is seen in silhouette at sunset during a partial solar eclipse, as the moon passes in front of the sun, seen at the Pointe du Van in Brittany, France, on August 21.
© AFP 2022 / Pedro PardoA Mexican girl looks through a telescope at the beginning of the partial solar eclipse, at the esplanade of the Museum of Natural History in Mexico City, Mexico, where astronomy buffs set up telescopes fitted with special sun filters in parks and squares.
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A Mexican girl looks through a telescope at the beginning of the partial solar eclipse, at the esplanade of the Museum of Natural History in Mexico City, Mexico, where astronomy buffs set up telescopes fitted with special sun filters in parks and squares.
© Photo : NASA/Bill IngallsThis composite image shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington, US.
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This composite image shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington, US.
© REUTERS / Kevin LamarqueWithout his protective glasses on, US President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House in Washington on August 21.
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Without his protective glasses on, US President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House in Washington on August 21.
© AP Photo / David GoldmanShadows from a near total solar eclipse are projected on a sidewalk as a pedestrian passes in midtown Atlanta, US.
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Shadows from a near total solar eclipse are projected on a sidewalk as a pedestrian passes in midtown Atlanta, US.
© Photo : NASA/Aubrey GemignaniThe last glimmer of the sun is seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on August 21 above Madras, Oregon, US.
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The last glimmer of the sun is seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on August 21 above Madras, Oregon, US.
© AFP 2022 / Johan OrdonezA man takes photos during the solar eclipse using a makeshift filter placed in front of his camera lens at the Miraflores Museum in Guatemala City.
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A man takes photos during the solar eclipse using a makeshift filter placed in front of his camera lens at the Miraflores Museum in Guatemala City.
© REUTERS / Dustin Snipes/Red Bull Content PoolOrlando Duque of Colombia dives from the 20 meter platform into a pool in front of a full solar eclipse in McMinnville, Oregon, US, on August 21.
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Orlando Duque of Colombia dives from the 20 meter platform into a pool in front of a full solar eclipse in McMinnville, Oregon, US, on August 21.
© AP Photo / Mark HumphreyPlastic pink flamingos with solar eclipse viewing glasses at the camping site of Grady and Margaret Beasley, of Crystal Beach, Texas, in a location that was in the path of totality and at the point of greatest intensity of the solar eclipse.
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Plastic pink flamingos with solar eclipse viewing glasses at the camping site of Grady and Margaret Beasley, of Crystal Beach, Texas, in a location that was in the path of totality and at the point of greatest intensity of the solar eclipse.
© AP Photo / Richard VogelA girl is lifted up to see the solar eclipse through a telescope as a large crowd gathers at the Griffith Observatory to watch the solar eclipse in Los Angeles on August 21.
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A girl is lifted up to see the solar eclipse through a telescope as a large crowd gathers at the Griffith Observatory to watch the solar eclipse in Los Angeles on August 21.
© AP Photo / Mark HumphreyThe moon passes by the sun after the total solar eclipse on the Orchard Dale historical farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which was both in the path of totality and at the point of greatest intensity.
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The moon passes by the sun after the total solar eclipse on the Orchard Dale historical farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which was both in the path of totality and at the point of greatest intensity.
© AP Photo / John MinchilloA boy watches the sun moments before the total eclipse in Nashville, Tennessee.
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A boy watches the sun moments before the total eclipse in Nashville, Tennessee.
© REUTERS / Jon NazcaA partial eclipse of the sun, as it sets, is cast on a traffic guide post through the lens of binoculars at the Puerto del Viento mountain pass in Ronda, southern Spain, on August 21.
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A partial eclipse of the sun, as it sets, is cast on a traffic guide post through the lens of binoculars at the Puerto del Viento mountain pass in Ronda, southern Spain, on August 21.
© AP Photo / Mary AltafferA woman watches the eclipse from a park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York.
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A woman watches the eclipse from a park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York.
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