Video Of The Week — Historic Total Solar Eclipse Captivates Millions Across America

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Total Solar eclipse across Hopkinsville, Kentucky (Photo Credit:

On Monday, August 21, millions of Americans across the country donned their protective eyeglasses to watch the highly anticipated total solar eclipse. Though the eclipses, which occur about every 18 months, are not rare, this one was historic. It was not only the first total solar eclipse visible from the mainland U.S. in more than 38 years, but also the first to be seen coast to coast in almost a century.

The progression of the total solar eclipse in Madras, Oregon (Photo Credit:

The crowds cheered as the moon briefly obscured the sun, plunging cities all the way from Oregon to South Carolina into darkness. A shiver ran down many spines as the temperatures dropped dramatically, by up to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, during totality. Those fortunate enough to have clear skies not only saw the corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere, which is usually not visible in the sun’s glare but also the bright stars and planets.

NASA Space Observatory captures eclipse shadow over the United States (Photo Credit:

Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative everywhere. The crowds gathered in Charleston, SC, the last big city in the path of totality, had to contend with a thick cloud cover when the partial eclipse began at 1:17 pm. It did thin out a little as totality took place at 2:46 pm, allowing for a good view of the eclipse, but not the sun’s corona! However, some spectacular bolts of lightning that occurred just as the moon covered the sun helped ease the disappointment somewhat. Even those not in the 70-mile wide path of the total solar eclipse had something to look forward to, since a partial one was visible across all 50 states!

The sun’s corona and bailey’s beads (the red spots) captured by NASA jets flying 25,000 feet above Oregon (Photo Credit:

All in all, the rare event, believed to be the most observed and most photographed eclipse in history, was a huge success. As Bill Nye aka "the Science Guy" succinctly put it, "Experiencing an eclipse changes the way we feel about space and how we are connected. I hope this moment reminds us all that we share a common origin among the stars and that we are all citizens of the same planet."

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  • KylerFriday, May 18, 2018 at 6:12 am
    that was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • blakaFriday, May 18, 2018 at 6:11 am
      so cool I wish I could be there
      • KylerFriday, May 18, 2018 at 6:08 am
        • LilyWednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:40 am
          it was cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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            andie_candieMonday, May 7, 2018 at 8:22 am
            Oh my god! I was there when it happened it was so cool!
            • Cake 666Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:43 pm
              I live in Canada so i didn’t see it but i was updated on my iPad and watched lots of YouTube videos on it that day.
              • FoxdungMonday, April 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm
                Cool I wish I say the eclipse
                • FoxdungMonday, April 2, 2018 at 3:11 pm
                  • deadpoolFriday, March 9, 2018 at 10:52 am
                    it is very good
                    • R3KT M8Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:16 am
                      IT WAS SOOOOOOOOO COOL

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