Best of the Solar Eclipse | Views From the International Space Station and Stunning Photography
Some of the most memorable images from the most-viewed solar eclipse of all time
Millions of Americans donned protective eyewear yesterday as the first solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in over a century plunged the country into darkness.
The main highlights from the event included the sun getting covered by the moon (if anyone can name us a higher light than the sun, we’ll be impressed) and President Donald Trump being photographed trying to look at the thing without protective sunglasses on - undeniably stupid, yet also maybe the only relatable thing the guy has done since becoming the President of the United States.
Anyway, another major highlight was all the amazing imagery and video footage that came out of the event, which was visible in an enormous 70-mile-wide, 2500-mile-long zone across America. The last time the eclipse was so visible in the U.S was back in 1918. This time around the event drew one of the biggest crowds in history, and is expected to be the most watched and photographed eclipse of all time.
Right at the front of the pack were the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). Safe to say they had their cameras at the ready:
While the bulk of the photographs from the ISS won’t drop for a few days, what was arguably even more impressive than the shots from ISS was the footage of the Space Station itself floating in front of the eclipse. Watch the stunning video here:
The eclipse plunged viewers into twilight (the colour, not the film series) for a full two minutes, lowering temperatures as it did so but taking just an hour and a half to traverse across America. You can watch a four-minute timelapse of the entire thing below:
...and if you’re still not content. Here’s some absolutely stunning images from the world of social media.