On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse was viewed in the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. People who were able to view the eclipse in the path of totality were treated to total darkness for 2.5 minutes. Some viewing areas played music, and shot fireworks into the darkness. For people who were not able to travel to the path of totality, were still treated to a partial eclipse. The top-left image was taken in Manassas, Virginia during the first part of the eclipse. Shortly after the picture was taken, storm clouds rolled in and the peak of the eclipse was not able to be seen. The other three pictures were taken in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The bottom-left picture is the result of the eclipse shown through the leaves of the trees. The top-left was taken by an iPhone with a sun filter used for a telescope. The box-shape with three holes showing the eclipse (top-right) is the result of the bottom-right contraption. If you didn’t have glasses, sun filters, or the items to make a contraption, people also used their hands to project the eclipse on the sidewalk (also, top-right). Traffic conditions were very heavy while travelers were trying to make it to the path of totality. Many news stations including NASA and The Weather Channel streamed the eclipse live in different locations as to show the entire path from the West Coast to the East Coast. If you were not able to make this eclipse, don’t worry as there will be another total solar eclipse in April of 2024 spanning from Texas to Maine.
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ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell