1. Solar Eclipse 2017: Oregon first to see eclipse, awestruck Americans look heavenwards as spectacle unfolds

Solar Eclipse 2017: Oregon first to see eclipse, awestruck Americans look heavenwards as spectacle unfolds

Millions of Americans, wearing protective glasses, and tens of millions of people across the world, through the digital medium, watched a rare space spectacle that happened across the United States - the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 21, 2017 11:52 PM
Solar Eclipse, total solar eclipse, solar eclipse in us, united states solar eclipse, solar eclipse in united states, total solar eclipse view, view of complete solar eclipse, solar eclipse complete view, solar eclipse picture, solar eclipse video, solar eclipse The Solar Eclipse began over Oregon and continued on from there.

Millions of Americans, wearing protective glasses, and tens of millions of people across the world, through the digital medium, watched a rare space spectacle that happened across the United States – the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. The Solar Eclipse began over Oregon and continued on from there as awestruck public watched in wonder the sun being obliterated right before their eyes and darkness enveloped the world literally at noon. The eclipse might garner largest audience in history. Quoting officials, Reuters said that Charleston County’s 16,000 hotel rooms were booked, and police expected up to 100,000 visitors to the area. People who arrived at  Charleston County to watch the scene expressed their excitement.

Nancy Conway, 57, an elementary school principal, said she made the long drive from Lynn, Massachusetts, with a packed car just witness the sight in person. “Twenty hours, three drivers, four adults, two 6-year-old twins,” Conway was quoted as saying.  “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she added. Earlier, visitors got a bit nervous as in Depoe Bay, Oregon, just south of where the phenomenon just unfolded, a thick fog had shrouded the waters.  By 6 am, the eager visitors had taken every parking space along the sea wall by 6 am.

WATCH | The first glimpse of Solar Eclipse totality in Oregon

The total Solar Ecipse will be seen some 94 minutes after its debut, at 2:49 p.m. EDT (1849 GMT) near Charleston, South Carolina. As per news agency AP, the eclipse promised to be the most observed and photographed in history, with millions staking out prime viewing spots and settling into lawn chairs to watch.

Watch | Solar Eclipse in South Carolina USA today .

The report said that  towns and parks braced for monumental crowds with 200 million people within a day’s drive from the path of totality. In what came as relief for gazers, clear skies beckoned along most of the route providing wonderful view of the eclipse.

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