Millions of Americans experienced a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years. The solar eclipse, the first to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century, raced through 14 states on Monday and lasted for only two minutes and 40 seconds.
The solar eclipse started around 1 pm EDT (which is around 10.30 pm IST), and so it wasn't visible in India. However, NASA live streamed the eclipse on its Twitter, Facebook and YouTube page. CNN will cover the event from different parts of United States. NASA will telecast four-hour show from 11:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT.
Watch the Total Solar Eclipse LIVE here:
Total solar eclipses are rare and thus people are excited to witness it. The last one occurred in United Sates in 1979. But this eclipse is special as it is taking place across the United States, and thus people will actually be able to view this.
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However, it is suggested that one should never watch directly at the sun during the eclipse. Also, one should always use either sunglasses or telescopes or a binocular or X-Ray plate to watch the solar eclipse to avoid damage to eyes.
Here are the highlights of the much-anticipated and most photographed eclipse ever:
2:00 AM: The total eclipse has ended in the US, but a partial solar eclipse will remain until 4:10 pm(ET)
1:23 AM: The crickets and other animals grew noisy when it got darker at the Nashville zoo, but as the sun was totally blotted out, it was the humans who drowned out the animals, clapping, “oohing” and “aahing” for more than the nearly two minutes the total eclipse lasted, AP reports.
12:42 AM: US Vice-President Mike Pence is watching the cosmic spectacle from the US Navy Observatory in Washington, DC.
12:40 AM: President Donald Trump and his family watch the eclipse from the Truman Balcony of the White House.
11:46 PM: Total Solar Eclipse underway in Nebraska
11:25 PM: People watch the total solar eclipse in Charleston, South Carolina
Station transits sun at 5 miles per second in video taken at 1,500 frames per second with high-speed camera from Banner, Wyoming. pic.twitter.com/x6NNvCc0Af— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 21, 2017
11:10 PM: The moon covers the sun during a total eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, near Redmond, Ore.
Daylight turns into twilight as historic US total solar eclipse begins in Oregon. https://t.co/8ikgaHXG8O— AP Health & Science (@APHealthScience) August 21, 2017
A total solar eclipse sweeps ashore in Oregon in a rare coast-to-coast march across America. https://t.co/vpgpjqaxo2— The Associated Press (@AP) August 21, 2017
BREAKING: A total solar eclipse sweeps ashore in Oregon in a rare coast-to-coast march across America.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 21, 2017
10:45 PM: Watch the first glimpse of the total solar eclipse
10:35 PM: Crowd wears protective glasses as they watch the beginning of the solar eclipse from Salem, Oregon.
10:25 PM: The Moon passes in front of the Sun from Northern Cascades national Park
10:22 PM: President Donald Trump will be watching today’s solar event from the White House’s Truman balcony. The eclipse seen from Washington will only be a partial one as it lies outside the path of totality.
JUST IN: The President will be watching the total eclipse from the Truman Balcony with the First Lady today.— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) August 21, 2017
10: 16 PM: Solar Eclipse has begun over Oregon, the first place from where the phenomenon can be witnessed.
10:15 PM: NASA's Eclipse Ballooning Project is launching a total of seven high-altitude balloons to record the solar eclipse. Their sensors will collect temperature data and cameras will take a total of 180,000 images.