The moon has completely blocked out the sun’s rays in a rare total solar eclipse over North America.
The total eclipse, centred in a 100-kilometer-wide band stretching across 14 states, was first visible in the U.S. in Madras, Oregon in the north-western U.S. starting at 10:19 a.m. and lasting for about two minutes.
The temperature dropped by a couple degrees and the corona, the outermost part of the sun’s atmosphere, was visible as a glowing ring.
The eclipse began moving across the U.S., ending in South Carolina on Monday afternoon.
NASA recently reported that there would be a total solar eclipse with a path that would cross the U.S. from coast to coast and be visible on Aug. 21, beginning at 12 p.m. on Monday.
The historic event was called “The Great American Eclipse” and marked the first time since 1979 that a total solar eclipse would be visible from the contiguous U.S.
During the eclipse, which began in Oregon, the moon completely blocked the sun, and traveled diagonally across the country until it reached South Carolina.