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Solar eclipse over North America

Here are [a few of] the best photos of the April 8 total solar eclipse over North America From LIVESCIENCE

By Ben Turner From LIVESCIENCE

Image credit: Brandon Bell via Getty Images

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse drew its enormous shadow over North America, cutting a 115-mile-wide (185 kilometers), 10,000-mile-long (16,000 km) path of sudden darkness across the continent.

Starting in Mexico, the eclipse moved through 15 U.S. states and was visible to an estimated 44 million people.  If you didn’t catch the stunning spectacle in person, here are all of our favorite photos taken from eclipse watching parties throughout the Americas.

The first totality began in Mazatlán, Mexico, where onlookers saw the moon pass in front of the solar disk. Just before totality, viewers were treated to a thin diamond-like ring of sunlight shimmering through valleys on the moon’s outer surface.

Alamy Live News. 2WYXR32 The moon partially covers the sun during a total solar eclipse, as seen from Eagle Pass, Texas, Monday, April 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

After the moon had completely blocked off the sun’s face, all that could be seen were thin purple plumes in the corona caused by solar eruptions.

Meanwhile, the moon began to carve the sun into a toenail-thin sliver above Fort Worth, Texas.

Then, just before totality, the diamond ring effect could be seen. As the final beads of sunlight zipped through the valleys on the moon’s limb, the two bodies appeared in the sky as a ring studded with brilliant diamonds.

Later, in space, the European Space Agency‘s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite captured the shadow of the moon sweeping across North America.

Total Solar Eclips at Progressive filed on Monday, April 8, 2024 in Cleveland, OH.

The eclipse passed over Cleveland, Ohio, where the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Guardians were just about to face off. Baseball fans and players alike flocked to the field to capture photos of the eclipse; this image shows a composite of the partial and total phases of the eclipse as seen from Progressive Field.

During totality, the sun’s corona shone in the darkened sky, high above the stadium lights at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

Clouds obscured much of the total phase of the eclipse at Niagara Falls, where millions of people flocked to both the U.S. an Canadian sides of the river to witness the spectacle. While the corona is obscured in this image, the horizon glows with the 360-degree sunset effect that’s synonymous with totality.

Image credit: Brandon Specktor

Not far away in Hamilton, Ontario, eclipse chasers flocked to the edge of Lake Ontario for a view of totality. Here, the partial phase of the eclipse begins above a haze of clouds, as seen through a pair of orange-tinted solar eclipse glasses.

The sun’s corona shines in the dark sky during totality over Glover, Vermont.

GLOVER, VT – April 8: The solar eclipse at the Bread and Puppet Theater. (Photo by Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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