For some, the USA’s first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in decades was disappointing, hidden from view by cloud cover.
But, for those lucky enough to be living or travelling in what NASA called the “path of totality”, the natural phenomenon put on a brief but impressive display early this morning, Australian time, momentarily shrouding some of the nation’s most picturesque locations in eerie darkness.
Thousands of keen sky-gazers have already shared their snaps of the rare celestial event to social media. Here are some of the best.
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
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People view the solar eclipse at the ‘Top of the Rock’ observatory at Rockefeller Center in New York City. While New York City is not in the path of totality for the solar eclipse, around 72 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon during the peak time of the partial eclipse.| August 21, 2017 | : @drewangerer #GettyImagesNews __ Follow our Instagram story for more from #SolarEclipse2017
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Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.