VIDEO: Watch total solar eclipse in under 2 minutes

Monday, August 21, 2017 01:45PM
A rare celestial event has come and gone. If you missed the total solar eclipse, we have you covered! Watch it in less than two minutes here.


SAN FRANCISCO - A rare celestial event has come and gone. If you missed the total solar eclipse, we have you covered! Watch it in less than two minutes here.

Photos: SoCal's view of the Great American Eclipse

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams.

It was the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history, with many Americans staking out prime viewing spots and settling onto blankets and lawn chairs to watch, especially along the path of totality - the line of deep shadow created when the sun is completely obscured except for the ring of light known as the corona.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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