It’s a sensational moment for millions of stargazers throughout the world, when the Sun’s glory got fully blocked by the Moon in a “total solar eclipse” occurred at 17:15 GMT on Monday.
The eclipse then spanned from the US’ west coast all the way to the east coast in about 90 minutes.
Similar coast-to-coast total eclipse has not been observed since 1918, almost a hundred years ago, marking the event once-in-a-lifetime for a lot of people.
Some of them didn’t care to travel afar to watch the phenomenon from the best positions.
Moment of totality
For the stargazers, the moment of “totality” is what they’re chasing for. The “totality” is the moment when the Sun is fully shadowed by the Moon.
As the Sun can’t shine on the Earth directly, the scene may look as dark as night, even if it’s actually daytime.
That’s what attracted millions of people to look upward, watching the most-observed eclipse in American history.
Moment of excitement
“You’re just blown away, this feeling inside you is really the definition of ‘awe’ and ‘awesome,'” said Rich Krueger, a science professor.
Krueger was among the 100,000 people crowded to Madras, Oregon, a town of 7,000 where experts said was the best viewpoint.
“That was the most beautiful thing. I could die happy now,” Samantha Gray, 20-year-old, an incoming graduate student at the University of Chicago, told Reuters.
“I am really interested in seeing this. It’s pretty cool,” sky-gazer Jennifer Fernandes told Xinhua at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
US president Donald Trump also watched the event from the White House, first with no protective measures, then with glasses on.
It can be harmful to look at the Sun with naked eyes, even if it’s blocked by the Moon.
“Don’t look,” shouted one of his aides. But Trump ended up doing so, providing trolling material for people disagree with him.