Washington, August 22: World went ‘Awe’ while watching the ‘Total Solar Eclipse 2017, especially the millions of Americans braced up with protective glasses and marvelled at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in the US in nearly a century. What started as a tiny crescent of the moon’s shadow turned into a perfectly beautiful eclipse in the city after city? It ended in South Carolina about 3 p.m. ET. A partial solar eclipse was visible until just after 4 p.m. in the Southeast. The next solar eclipse over the United States will occur in April 2024.
The moon's dark shadow swept across the United States in a total solar eclipse on Monday, thrilling millions of spectators with a Great American Solar Eclipse, from sea to shining sea. The eclipse was the first in nearly a century to cast the moon's shadow on the entire contiguous United States. The moon's shadow crossed 14 states, from Oregon to South Carolina, along with a path that is home to 12.2 million people, NASA officials said.
US President Donald Trump watched from the Whitehouse alongside First Lady Melania while his daughter Ivanka and rock star Bruce Springsteen were among the excited big names who had tweeted advice that watchers should remember to wear their glasses when looking at the spectacle.
Another 200 million Americans were within a day's drive of totality, with tourists also flying in from other states and countries. "I think this will be recorded as, to date, the most-viewed eclipse in history," Lou Mayo, a NASA planetary scientist seeing his first total solar eclipse said. And the astronauts aboard the space station captured it as the eclipse moved across the country.