Guest reacts to the total eclipse in the football stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, U.S., August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 37°43’26” N 89°13’10” W. Reuters/Brian Snyder
“The way that there was just that spontaneous howl from everybody when it went dark, it was just, like, amazing. I’m very happy I was here,” said Celeste Rivard, a local resident from Medford, Oregon.
“I found it absolutely fabulous and I am elated with the experience. It just kind of tickled you, all over, it was wonderful, wonderful and I wish I could do it again but I won’t ever see something like that ever again,” said Stormy Shreves from Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Hundreds of people looked skyward in awe through protective glasses, telescopes, and cameras in Depoe Bay, Oregon on Monday as they became among the first to see the coast-to-coast total solar eclipse.
The eclipse first reached “totality” – the shadow cast when the sun is completely blocked by the moon – in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. PDT and began spreading eastward.
In Los Angeles, thousands of Angelenos hiked up to Los Angeles’ iconic Griffith Observatory for an eclipse viewing party.
“Once in a lifetime event, you won’t see an eclipse like this, you know, anytime soon, a great event to come and visit,” said Rich de Gout, a resident of the US Virgin Islands.
In Illinois, all 15,000 seats to the football stadium in Carbondale at Southern Illinois University were sold out.
It’s where eclipse totality lasted the longest in the U.S., although spectators were momentarily disappointed when clouds blocked out the view.
In Washington D.C, People gathered at the Washington Monument on the national mall in the nation’s capitol, including some who tried to view the spectacle using rigged cardboard boxes while U.S. Vice President Mike Pence took a look at the solar eclipse from his residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory.
“We’re going to go and look to the skies. We’re going to see something that Americans haven’t been able to see since 1918. It is extraordinary. We will be – I got this from Brad’s remarks — we will be in the ‘shadow of the moon’, isn’t that special to think about,” said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
The moon blocked out the sun on Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States after 99 years, which started from Oregon to South Carolina.
No area in the United States had seen a total solar eclipse since 1979, while the last coast-to-coast total eclipse took place in 1918. — Abi Valdez | UNTV News and Rescue