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17 Of Most Shockingly Beautiful Photos From The “Great American Eclipse”

From the Pacific Northwest to the Southeastern U.S., much of North America was able to witness a total solar eclipse yesterday.

Small towns like Carbondale, Illinois, and Greenville, South Carolina, welcomed thousands of tourists who were in search of the nearest viewing spot β€” some traveling thousands of miles just to see the moon cross in front of the sun. It was quite incredible to view in person, but if you weren’t able to see it for yourself (or even if you did), these photos definitely do the cosmic event justice.

1. This photo snapped by an infrared camera is awe-inspiring.

Solar Eclipse taken by an infrared camera from pics

2. This view must have been amazing to witness.

3. Who needs a filter when Mother Nature does all the work for you?

β€’πŸ’«πŸšΆπŸΎπŸŒ–β€’ Ring Of Fire β€’ 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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4. Even with cloud-cover, the phenomenon was incredible.

5. Almost entirely clear skies displayed the eclipse beautifully.

…8/22… I'm not quite sure how perfectly accurate this photo is, as I used a circle focus effect directly on the sun (And made the sky a bit more blue), but that's pretty much it πŸ“·I was working at the time, and could only run outside for a minute or few at a time⏱I certainly noticed the sky growing dark, that's for sure, but not pitch black πŸŒ‘I'm sure my photo is different from everyone else who experienced the whole thing. Yet this was my own, and I loved every second!πŸ˜ƒ! Btw, look at those natural ray flares and the prism! Crazy! 🌈 #eclipse2017 #photography #photo #focus #solar #sunlight #rainbow #clouds #sky #eclipse #beautiful #natural #beauty #sun #moon #highlights #yesterday #latergram #tuesday #goodmorning #morning #arizona #az #humpday #wednesday #memories #summer #scottsdale #south #look

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6. While many were holding their breath until “totality,” all of the phases were unbelievable.

The Great American Eclipse as seen from Oregon. Millions of people gathered to the narrow path of totality to witness one of the most epic astronomical phenomenons of the century. Smoke filled the valley over Detroit Lake. Mt. Jefferson towered in the distance but was blocked by the smoke from wildfires. As the eclipse came into totality, the air became colder, and the smoke dropped a little, revealing the mountain for the 2 minutes of totality. The sky gave a twilight mood as the landscape darkened by the shadow of the moon. Colors began to pop as if it was just another sunset or sunrise. Planets and stars were visible along with the midday sun. Our original spot along the coast was fogged in, so we booked it to a spot we originally wanted to experience the event. Took a power nap and got ready for the show. This was the most incredible experience of mine, and possibly many others lifetime. I'm glad I got to experience this with Darian Westbrook. A moment we will never forget <3 Hope you guys enjoy the image πŸ™‚ . . . #landscape #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #beautifuldestinations #thelensbible #discoverlandscape #earthpix #earthfocus #exploretocreate #travelstoke #fantastic_earth #bevisuallyinspired #modernoutdoorsman #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #agameoftones #stayandwander #wildernessculture #welltravelled #collectivelycreate #welivetoexplore #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #thegreatoutdoors #eclectic_shotz #moodygrams #oregon #eclipse #totality

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7. Each crescent showed a beautiful new view.

8. When the sun was completely covered by the moon, everyone removed their glasses to see it unobstructed.

9. For a few moments in the middle of the day, the sky went dark.


10. But as soon as totality was over (sometimes lasting less than two minutes), the sky suddenly lit up again.

Jackson WY 11:38am 8.21.17 #eclipse2017

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11. Naturally, NASA was all over the planetary event.

12. Those traveling by air probably got quite the show, but for photographers on the ground, snapping a photo like this was a treat.

Got Extra Lucky with this Shot During the Eclipse! from pics

13. Absolutely breathtaking!

Hello Reddit. I am the accidental photographer of this once in a lifetime shot. Thanks to whoever posted it earlier! from pics

14. For those who opted for more old-school ways of viewing the eclipse, simply looking down at the ground yielded cool results.

Eclipse shadow, Seattle #eclipse #seattle #mobilehairdresser #seattlehair

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15. Some used… abnormal things to view the eclipse, like crackers.


16. This Imgur user traveled 14 hours to get this shot. Well-worth it if you ask us!


17. Mother Nature really knows how to put on a show.

I couldn't decide which one to post. So here goes multiple post πŸ˜‚ a total solar eclipse! Which one is your fav?

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Wonder what it was like from above? This is satellite imagery of the eclipse path!

If you didn’t get a chance to see it this year, there’s always 2024 β€” this will be the path of totality during that solar eclipse.

Share this to spread the beauty of Mother Nature. Did you get a chance to see the eclipse? Tell us in the comments!

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