United States experiences total solar eclipse (48 images)

The United States saw its first total solar eclipse since 1979 on August 21, 2017, as the lunar event crossed the country with a wide path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina.

People across the country went outside to view the historic event with special glasses. NASA and scientists around the world used the occasion to collect data.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2017 at 8:28 PM
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The sun shines behind the moon during the total solar eclipse viewed from Prineville, Ore. Photo by Pat Benic
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The long view from Prineville, Ore. Photo by Pat Benic
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In this composite image from top right to bottom left, the stages of the moon crossing in front of the sun are shown for the total solar eclipse in Prineville. Photo by Pat Benic
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The moon moves into position and cuts off part of the sun prior to the total solar eclipse in Casper, Wyo. Photo by Mark Abraham/UPI
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The moon blocks part of the sun as it orbits the earth creating a total solar eclipse over Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, Ore. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI
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A partial solar eclipse moves across the sky near the torch of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York City. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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This composite image of 11 photos shows the progression of the total solar eclipse at Madras High School in Madras, Ore. Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA
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