Eclipse 2017: The best and funniest reactions to the super rare phenomenon

Millions turned out to see the once-in-a-lifetime event 

Will Worley
Monday 21 August 2017 20:03
The eclipse as seen above Oregon, USA
The eclipse as seen above Oregon, USA

Millions of Americans have gathered to witness the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century.

Anticipation mounted on Monday when the eclipse's totality - the line of shadow created when the sun is completely obscured - hit the shore of Oregon and rapidly moved eastwards to South Carolina.

Many observers used high tech camera equipment to record the event. Others documented the eclipses's unusual effect on shadows and animals.

Pictures of the once-in-a-lifetime event quickly flooded social media.

In addition to providing an impressive visual spectacle, eclipses are also a chance for scientists to study the sun more closely.

According to Nasa, the phenomenon will allow scientists to study the out atmosphere of the sun, the corona.

The corona usually cannot be seen against the bright background of the sun.

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