Watching the 2017 Solar Eclipse

As people across the country watched the first total solar eclipse since 1979 to sweep the contiguous United States, we posted videos, photos, and more here throughout the day.

Early in the day, we were live today 12 pm ET from Irwin, Idaho. If you missed it, you can watch the entire run up to totality below. And be sure to watch “Eclipse Across America” tonight following the President’s address on PBS.

Watch "Eclipse Across America" tonight following the President’s address on PBS.

Relive Our Live Eclipse Experience

We were on location under the clear skies of Idaho today with journalist Miles O’Brien and astrophysicist Jason Kalirai. It was an amazing experience.

Where Did Totality Cast Its Shadow?

The eclipse’s totality spanned the contiguous United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse.

What Did People See?

How did people experience the eclipse? We scoured social media for images that captured the essence of the event.

The show is about to begin… 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔. . . . #eclipse #eclipse2017 #oregon #totality

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The traffic jams started early in the morning.

People were at the ready with filters on their cameras and telescopes.

Our cameras are set and ready to capture the Total Solar Eclipse. #eclipse #solarphotography

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They were fully prepared on the International Space Station.

It begins!

Someone had a good sense of humor…

The end is near! (Via: Reddit)

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Here’s one from our cameraman in Oregon.

Imminent totality on the West Coast!

Almost to the peak, at least where I am at. Lol #eclipse #emformdesign #eclipse2017

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This spectacular shot gives you an idea of how totality looked to the naked eye.


A photographer from NASA caught the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse.

Jay Pasachoff, who has seen a world record 66 eclipses (34 in the totality), took these stunning shots today, which were composited by Christian Lockwood to give us a glimpse of the moon and its features as it obscures the sun.

Photo credit: Jay Pasachoff & Williams College Eclipse Expedition/Compositing by Christian Lockwood

Relive the eclipse in just 10 seconds.

Credits: Jay Pasachoff, Ron Dantowitz, and the Williams College Eclipse Expedition

And last but not least, experience the eclipse totality by squeezing in among the crowds to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire continental United States since 1918. This 360˚ video exclusive was produced by The New York Times in partnership with NOVA.

Watching the Eclipse Safely

Though this eclipse is over, these safe watching tips will come in handy seven years from now when the eclipse returns to America. You’ll need protection that blocks 99.9996% of the light in order to watch safely. Otherwise, you risk destroying photoreceptors in your eyes that allow you to perceive light.

A few notes: Sunglasses and glacier glasses won’t protect your eyes. You need eclipse glasses with the ISO code 12312-2 printed on them. To watch the eclipse through a camera or telescope, make sure to place a solar filter over the lens. Without it, the light can still damage your retinas. And if you don’t have eclipse glasses, there are other ways to safely watch the eclipse.

Here’s how to watch the eclipse without frying your eyeballs.

Inside the Path of Totality

  • Before the sun is completely eclipsed, everyone needs to wear eclipse glasses — even when there’s only a crescent of the sun showing.
  • When totality happens, you’ll have about two minutes when direct light from the sun is completely blocked and only the sun’s corona will be visible. Feel free to take the glasses off and gaze at the sun all you want!
  • When the moon starts moving away and direct sunlight is visible again, put your eclipse glasses back on.

Outside the Path of Totality

  • If you’re outside the path of totality, you need to wear eclipse glasses the entire length of the eclipse.