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Total solar eclipse, here are the best photos of the great 2017 eclipse.

Source: NASA/SDO

Millions of Americans geared up to gaze at the brazen sky waiting to experience the magic of the Moon engulfing the Sun’s radiance on August 21, 2017, in its first total solar eclipse from coast to coast in the intercontinental United States after 99 years. As the astronomical spectacle occurred in nearly a century, a usual day unfolded into night for duration of two minutes during the eclipse as the moon traversed in front of the Sun and cast its shadow on the human inhabited planet. Visible across 113 km wide and 4000 km long geographical zone in the US, the initial glimpse of the eclipse was described by the Canadian Space Agency as “Beautiful!” While photographers lined up to shoot the rare stellar moments, people set up their cameras, telescopes, pinhole cameras and protective viewing glasses to watch the mystical total solar eclipse across the country.

Here are the glimpse of 2017 solar eclipse photos captured by National Geographic and NASA.


The diamond ring effect appears as the solar eclipse totality ends over the Orchard Dale historical farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The location, which is in the path of totality, is also at the point of greatest intensity. PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK HUMPHREY, AP SOURCE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

While Americans were smitten by the lifetime dramatic event that they exclusively owned to experience, most Britons who had hoped to witness a partial eclipse expressed their unhappiness as majority of the country skies remained clouded. Only South Coast if Weymouth experienced a fairly good view among a few other places expected to experience partial eclipse. Partial eclipse was visible across all of North American region, touching the Canadian Arctic belt and across the north of South America.

While the huge shadow was cast by the Earth’s satellite, sweeping from Oregon in western America to South Carolina in the east, the BBC New York bureau got this homemade pinhole camera to engross its astral enthusiasts into safe viewing. In Oregon, people marvelled the Sun at 10:16 local time. The coastal beaches were flooded with crowds of people gathering to sky watch the stellar phenomenon of the Sun’s disc being completely obscured for a couple of minutes. As everyone chose their respective places to view the sky, before the moment of totality, onlookers also captured the classic features of a complete solar eclipse in this belt. These included the “Baily’s beads” and the “Diamond Ring.”


In this multiple exposure photograph, the phases of a partial solar eclipse are seen over the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, just a few miles outside of the path of totality.


The umbra, the moon’s shadow, over the United States from space is seen from the International Space Station from outer space. Courtesy @Space_Station/Intl. Space Station/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS SOURCE TAKEN FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC


As millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon’s shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the umbra from space. Viewing the eclipse from orbit were NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, ESA (European Space Agency’s) Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos’ Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental United States at an altitude of 250 miles. Source NASA


Source NASA


The eclipse nearing totality in Jackson, Wyoming.


Wilfred and Audrey DeVries try to watch the eclipse through cloudy skies along with others who pulled off a road in Beatrice, Nebraska.


A compilation image of the phases of the eclipse over the Teton Range.


In-camera multiple exposure of the solar eclipse as seen in Salem, Oregon.


The sky darkens just after 10 a.m. as a crowd watches totality on a bluff overlooking Madras, Oregon.


This photo is one of the first glimpses of the eclipse captured by National Geographic photographer Babak Tafreshi in a jet above the Pacific at the moment the eclipse began. Babak is aboard the flight along with two Airbnb guests who won the chance to be among the first to witness the solar eclipse before it crosses the US.


Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Flight Engineer Randy Bresnik took still images of the eclipse as seen from the unique vantage of the Expedition 52 crew. Witnessing the eclipse from orbit with Bresnik were NASA’s Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, ESA (European Space Agency’s) Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos’ Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental United States at an altitude of 250 miles. Source NASA

In a rather close interface with the celestial bodies, travellers on board on Boeing 737 bound for Alaska, witnessed the Moon’s shadow to masquerade the white clouds and blanket the ocean. The pilot, cabin crew and the passengers exhibited their excitement as they narrated the eventful journey through the skies, 400,000ft above the ground. Glancing through the plastic window panes, travellers watched and clicked several pictures.

The solar eclipse smeared with streaks of twilight, was a treat for all those who could successfully admire and bathe in witnessing every spectacle of the gliding beauty in the skies on August 21. Till the next one, let’s hope the Sun keeps smiling at us!

Article by Rochita.

Total solar eclipse, here are the best photos of the great 2017 eclipse.


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