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.
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 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.