Moon begins blotting out the sun in historic US eclipse

By Marcia Dunn | AP

The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in almost 100 years will sprint across the U.S. at 2,000 mph on Aug. 21. We’ll stream the eclipse from the moment it becomes visible in Oregon until it disappears over South Carolina. (The Washington Post)

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

“The show has just begun, people! What a gorgeous day! Isn’t this great, people?” Jim Todd, a director at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, told a crowd of thousands at an amphitheater in Salem, Oregon, as the moon seemed to take an ever-bigger bite out of the sun.

The celestial show was expected to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history, with millions staking out prime viewing spots and settling into lawn chairs to watch, especially along the path of totality — the projected line of shadow created when the sun is completely obscured.

The path of totality was 60 to 70 miles (96 to 113 kilometers) wide, running from Oregon to South Carolina. Darkness along the path lasted for only two to three minutes in any one spot.

With 200 million people within a day’s drive from the path of totality, towns and parks braced for monumental crowds. Clear skies beckoned along most of the route, to the relief of those who feared cloud cover would spoil this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

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Source: Washington Post/Associated Press

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