For the first time in the history of United States, people saw the “Great American Eclipse” that spanned across the entire USA. The solar eclipse passed over the land after 99 years. It started in the late hours of the morning in Oregon and ended in South Carolina.
People had planned to watch the great solar eclipse for months or years in advance, and that included children, adults, and the elderly alike. While the entire world rammed about the eye protection required to witness the phenomenon, the president of the US refused to listen to this precaution and stepped out to watch it without any safety glasses.
In all the chaos of getting to watch the solar eclipse, many of the roads in the Southeast were choked with traffic. As a result, we got a gazillion grainy pictures of the eclipse, but a few super spectacular ones too. We have picked some of the best ones that amazed the people on social media.
No one would have missed such an event. However, except the US, rest of the world was not lucky enough to witness one. At least, the advanced technology can bring you the gift of videos and images despite being so far away.
Watch the footages and marvel at the beauty of the event.
View this post on Instagram
So excited to have been able to enjoy the eclipse in the path of totality! My hometown of Greenville, SC was one of the last stops for the eclipse today as it made its way across the US. We flew in late last night to Atlanta and made our way to Greenville with some family VERY early this morning. I was really torn about whether or not to photograph this phenomenon, but after considering it I went for the solar filter and brought my camera along for the ride! It's definitely an experience I will never forget!!! . I'll be sharing my favorite shots from this afternoon. This shows the "diamond ring" effect just as the sun begins to peak out again after the total eclipse. 🌘 . . #popgoesthesun #eclipse #eclipse2017 #solarfilter #canon #eclipsephotography #corona #sunscorona #sunlight #eclipsesc #southcarolina #carolina #greenvillesc #greenvillesouthcarolina #carolinagirl #yeahthatgreenville #greatamericaneclipse #americaneclipse #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #totality #eclipsetotality #solarfilter #downtowngreenville #greenvilleeclipse #southcarolinaeclipse
— ABC News (@ABC) August 22, 2017
— Zackery Ellis (@zackellis) August 21, 2017
— Spencer (@PezSHMart) August 21, 2017
This Twitter video will give you the perfect feel of being in the place at the time of this eclipse.
— AstroidmaniaVideos (@AstroidVideos) August 21, 2017
The shadows that fell during the partial eclipse were worth a watch too.
— abdul ? (@Advil) August 21, 2017
Here is the one that was shot from the skies by NASA GIII Aircraft.
— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) August 22, 2017
Another footage from the ground that was shot in Salem, Oregon shows the entire transit of the moon until the eclipse ended.
View this post on Instagram
This was the best 2 minutes of life to be able to watch the a solar eclipse for the first time in my life. Thank you Salem for allowing me to pitch a tent in your park, and watch this phenomenon in your city. – – #firsttime #eclipse #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #oregon #salem #ring #sun #moon #space #adventure #achievement #success #oregon #roadtrip #spectacular #excited #light #dark #fulleclipse #totaleclipse #roadtrip
You know they say, “Save the best for last”? The view of the solar eclipse from the International Space Station was out of this world. Check out how it looked from space.
— NASA (@NASA) August 21, 2017
If you could neither go to the US or space, you are gonna have to settle for these images. Yeah, they are damn good!
— Paolo Nespoli (@astro_paolo) August 21, 2017
The president may not have realized the importance of protection, but the rest of the world did. Those who did not have access to protective glasses, just improvised. This science communicator demonstrated a DIY device to watch the eclipse.
US residents are not the only ones lucky enough to witness a total solar eclipse. Another one will happen on December 26, 2019, all across Eastern Europe, Asia, Northwest Australia, and the Pacific region. You can definitely wait for these two years if you are an enthusiast.