Solar Eclipse: Views From Its Path Across the United States

By on August 21, 2017

(NY Times) • A total solar eclipse made contact in Oregon just after 1:15 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, darkening skies as the moon obscured the sun and cast a long shadow across Earth.

• It concluded its path just before 3 p.m. in South Carolina, where clouds obscured the moment of totality.

• Weather may have been an obstacle to completing some solar research during the eclipse.

• In Washington, where the sun was about 80 percent obscured, President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, took in the partial eclipse at the White House.

• We’ve collected and shared your photos from the eclipse here. If these pictures give you “FOMO,” your next shot at a Great American eclipse is 2,422 days away.

In Oregon, they savored the first moments.

At Depoe Bay, near where the line of totality first touched the United States, a flock of sea gulls hidden in fog called out loudly then went suddenly quiet. A chorus of gasps rang out among the scattered crowd of about a hundred still gathered at Government Point as the sun disappeared. Then a cheer went up as all dropped into darkness.

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