20+ Spectacular Photos From the Rare Total Solar Eclipse Across the U.S.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Location: Madras, Oregon
Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

On August 21, 2017, people across the United States looked to the sky to witness a rare total solar eclipse. This was the first time in 99 years that the Moon had seemingly swallowed the Sun and was visible from coast to coast. Starting near Salem, Oregon and spanning to Charleston, South Carolina, there was an arched path of 100% totality, meaning that whomever was along it could see the entire thing event perfectly. During this magical time, people from all walks of life were transfixed on the sky (and hopefully wearing protective eye wear).

For those who weren’t able to catch a glimpse of this celestial sight—or simply want to relive it—photographers captured history in spectacular astrophotography. Depending on the location of the photographer, the total solar eclipse looks different. For those in the 100% totality zone, the moon is dark and outlined in a brilliant illuminated ring. Any less totality yielded a crescent moon lit in a fiery orange—still an amazing thing to witness nonetheless.

No matter where you were in the U.S., however, the International Space Station had the best vantage point of all. Astronauts there had a crystal clear view as they cross its path three times from an altitude of 250 miles.

Although you needed special glasses for the eclipse, you can gaze at these stunning total solar eclipse photos for as long as you like.


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2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Location: Madras, Oregon
Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Two seconds, then totality. . #solareclipse

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On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. Throughout the continent, the Moon will cover part – or all – of the Sun’s super-bright face for part of the day. For those within the narrow path of totality, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, that partial eclipse will become total for a few brief moments. Make sure you’re using proper solar filters (not sunglasses) or an indirect viewing method if you plan to watch the eclipse in person. Wherever you are, you can also watch Monday’s eclipse online with us at http://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive. Starting Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at noon ET, our show will feature views from our research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially modified telescopes, as well as live reports from cities across the country and the International Space Station. Learn all about #Eclipse2017 at http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov. #nasa #sun #eclipse2017 #totalsolareclipse #partialsolareclipse #moon #astronomy #eclipsesafety #eclipse #science

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Photos of Solar Eclipse

Location: Aboard Alaska Airlines
Photo: Michael Barratt via NASA Astronauts

•• Ring Of Fire • This was undoubtedly the most fantastic natural phenomenon I've had the honor of experiencing. So ominous. Watching the sun slowly get swallowed up by this dark mass. Looking forward to hopefully chasing more eclipses to the end of the world. Stay Adventurous Dear Friends!! . . . . Tags #beautifuldestinations #wildernessculture #superhubs #Artofvisuals #AGameofTones #Earthfocus #moodygrams #folkgrid #bevisuallyinspired #visualsoflife #ourplanetdaily #discoverearth #exklusive_shot #meistershots #illgrammers #Createcommune #exploretocreate #lifeofadventure #stayandwander #liveauthentic #roamtheplanet #folkgrid #visualsofearth #liveauthentic #visualsoflife #solareclipse2017 #ig_color #solareclipse #eclipse #eclipse2017

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Photos of Solar Eclipse

Location: Banner, Wyoming
Photo: NASA / Joel Kowsky

Eclipse wasn't too bad from Seattle #eclipse #seattle #sonya6000 #popgoesthesun

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So excited to have been able to enjoy the eclipse in the path of totality! My hometown of Greenville, SC was one of the last stops for the eclipse today as it made its way across the US. We flew in late last night to Atlanta and made our way to Greenville with some family VERY early this morning. I was really torn about whether or not to photograph this phenomenon, but after considering it I went for the solar filter and brought my camera along for the ride! It's definitely an experience I will never forget!!! . I'll be sharing my favorite shots from this afternoon. This shows the “diamond ring” effect just as the sun begins to peak out again after the total eclipse. . . #popgoesthesun #eclipse #eclipse2017 #solarfilter #canon #eclipsephotography #corona #sunscorona #sunlight #eclipsesc #southcarolina #carolina #greenvillesc #greenvillesouthcarolina #carolinagirl #yeahthatgreenville #greatamericaneclipse #americaneclipse #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #totality #eclipsetotality #solarfilter #downtowngreenville #greenvilleeclipse #southcarolinaeclipse

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Photos of Solar Eclipse

Location: Aboard Alaska Airlines
Photo: Michael Barratt via NASA Astronauts

Jackson WY 11:38am 8.21.17 #eclipse2017

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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