Animals went berserk as transient darkness swept through the land on Monday as the U.S. witnessed its first mature solar eclipse since World War I.
Millions trooped to witness the rare spectacle.
An onlooker in Oregon described the event as a “primal experience”.
For about two minutes the moon blocked the sun and cast its shadow on U.S soil to the amazement of millions of onlookers. It took 90 minutes for the shadow to journey through the country from coast to coast.
It was largely the most observed eclipse in history.
In regions of near-total darkness, the streetlights came on to compensate.
I mean, I’m kind of moved to tears. Such… beauty! Nature at it’s very best.
In spite of warnings from experts about the dangers of looking at the eclipse directly, President Donald Trump dared to look directly at the sun.
“Oh, God, oh, that was amazing,” said Joe Dellinger from Houston. “That was better than any photo.”
“It’s really, really, really, really awesome,” said 9-year-old Cami Smith.
According to NASA, 4.4 million people were watching its live coverage, the biggest viewership in NASA’s history.
“It can be religious. It makes you feel insignificant, like you’re just a speck in the whole scheme of things,” said veteran eclipse-watcher Mike O’Leary of San Diego.
The eclipse gave room for families to spend quality time together, and for teenagers to get their eyes off their phones.
The next episode of the cosmic event will occur in 2024, seven years of suspense.