Solar Eclipse 2017: Images from the spectacular event of the century
The Solar Eclipse 2017 took place on Monday and it sure was a spectacular event. The moon blacked out the sun marking the first total solar eclipse in a century. Millions of Americans gathered to look at the sky and watched the specter through protective glasses, telescopes and cameras.
The eclipse drew cheers from the crowds. NASA covered the entire event live and produced some fantastic pictures of the marvel.
Last time was in 1918
The last time an eclipse travelled across USA was in 1918 and the last time anyone in the United States witnessed a total solar eclipse was almost 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979.
Solar eclipse was top trend on google
The Solar Eclipse 2017 was the top trend on Google all day long. Millions came to Google to find out minute by minute updates about the solar eclipse.
A rare cosmic event
The rate cosmic event drew one of the largest audiences in human history. People watched the event live, on the social media and also through broadcast. Some 12 million people live in the 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone where the total eclipse was to appear, while hordes of others traveled to spots along the route.
When eclipse reached totality
The eclipse first reached totality in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1715 GMT) and began marching slowly eastward across the country. The phenomenon will take its final bow at 2:49 p.m. EDT (1849 GMT) near Charleston, South Carolina, where eclipse gazers gathered atop the harbor's sea wall.
The day the sun disappeared
A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. A total solar eclipse swept across 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.
See the moon pass in front of the sun
The Moon is seen passing in front of the Sun at the point of the maximum of the partial solar eclipse near Banner, Wyoming on Monday
ISS transit during the Solar Eclipse 2017
Image of the Moon transiting across the Sun, taken by SDO in 171 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light on Aug. 21, 2017.
Bailey's Beads effect
The Bailey's Beads effect is seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon.
Extreme ultraviolet light
Image of the Moon transiting across the Sun, taken by SDO in 304 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light.
When the heavens were visible
Progression of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
The last glimmer
The last glimmer of the sun is seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon.
Image courtesy: NASA