Americans from coast to coast were psyched for August 21, 2017—and for good reason. The moon passed in front of the sun, making the sky go dark. Millions of people were all marveling at the same thing. The total eclipse of the sun.
Of the endless stream of Great American Eclipse photos being shared online, there are some notable gems that are going wildly viral on social media. Here’s a roundup of the amazing shots that are wowing viewers across the Web.
Today, the Sun disappeared, seemingly swallowed by our Moon–at least for a while. The August 21 solar eclipse cut through a swath of North America from coast to coast and those along the path of totality, that is where the Moon completely covered the Sun, were faced with a sight unseen in the U.S. in 99 years. Elsewhere across the country, many were able to view at least a partial eclipse. This series of images shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse near Banner, Wyoming. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky) #sun #solareclipse #Totalsolareclipse #partialsolareclipse #eclipse2017 #science #research #astronomy #heliophysics #sun #moon #nasa #eclipse
And finally the 2017 total solar eclipse! On assignment for @natgeo & @airbnb this was the view today on 10:10 morning Eastern Time from 45000 ft high, flying on the edge of stratosphere, some 400km off the coast of Oregon above the cloud-covered Pacific Ocean. Like all other eclipses I've seen the horizon colors were amazing but this time at such a high altitude the sky became pitch black, almost felt like flying in space. Wow! @natgeocreative @airbnb @twanight #eclipse2017 #solareclipse #eclipse
Behold! This progression of the partial solar eclipse took place over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse swept across the path of totality, a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #sun #solareclipse #totalsolareclipse #partialsolareclipse #eclipse2017 #astronomy #heliophysics #moon #nasa #eclipse #solarsystem #science #research