Total solar eclipse 2017: Millions in US get first glimpse of totality
On Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it.Updated: Aug 21, 2017 23:56 IST
Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and protective glasses on Monday as the moon began blotting out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the US from coast to coast in nearly a century.
“The show has just begun, people! What a gorgeous day! Isn’t this great, people?” Jim Todd, a director at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, told a crowd of thousands at an amphitheater in Salem, Oregon, as the moon seemed to take an ever-bigger bite out of the sun.
The projected path of totality was 60 to 70 miles (96 to 113 kilometers) wide, running diagonally across the continent from Oregon to South Carolina, with darkness lasting only about two to three minutes in any one spot.
The Earth, moon and sun line up perfectly every one to three years, briefly turning day into night for a sliver of the planet. But these sights normally are in no man’s land, like the vast Pacific or Earth’s poles. This is the first eclipse of the social media era to pass through such a heavily populated area.
Scientists warned people not to look into the sun without protection, except when the sun is 100 percent covered. Otherwise, to avoid eye damage, keep the solar specs on or use pinhole projectors that can cast an image of the eclipse into a box.
People across the US have shared pictures of them trying to spot the eclipse. Others gave a humorous twist to the eclipse. Check out the wittiest reactions on Twitter:
i will block the sun pic.twitter.com/bvLVZvg1wR— The Moon (@daM00N_) August 21, 2017
Do I need to remind everyone Obama never had a #SolarEclipse— Donald J. Trump (@AKADonaldTrump) August 21, 2017
Wow! Fantastic! I couldn't find solar eclipse glasses 👓 so I put a frying pan over my eyes and it is completely dark!!!— t.j. miller (@nottjmiller) August 21, 2017
CNN: Solar eclipse happening now— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) August 21, 2017
MSNBC: Solar eclipse puts nation in darkness
FOX NEWS: Only Trump has the power to block out the sun
Heavenly commentary on the benighted policies emanating from Washington these days. pic.twitter.com/77mwmVOLtL— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 21, 2017
First Published: Aug 21, 2017 23:56 IST