As the light grew long, shadows deepened and the world took on a hazy hue, Nathan Mauger and Connie Young said, ‘I do.’
The light dimmed, the air cooled and the solar eclipse showed its growing crescent in shadows cast by leaves. For a moment, as people turned their eyes sunward, or stared at their pinhole projections on the ground, or wondered what everyone was looking at, the world slowed down. Traffic calmed. Jackhammers stilled. People gathered on sidewalks.
Eclipse watchers started gathering on the Capitol Campus lawn around 8:30 a.m., while the full sun was rising over state office buildings to the east. Some came from a few blocks or a few miles away while Danielle Vukovich and Corbin Cronic drove from Woodinville, Washington.
ST. ANTHONY, IDAHO – When the last bright bit of light disappeared through the dark eclipse glasses and the sun winked out – turning the day dark – everybody in the park cheered. What had been baking-hot sun had gradually gotten cooler and cooler, and now, all of a sudden, it was dark – and cold. No one was left in the water, where earlier happy kids and parents had been splashing and frolicking. And the shrinking sliver we’d all been watching through our eclipse glasses had completely disappeared – there was just darkness there. Instead, as we all took off our glasses, we saw a black disk in place of the sun, surrounded by a bright, clear-white corona; points shot off it at the upper left and lower right.
When Josie Montgomery told her mom a solar eclipse would occur on her 15th birthday, the teen’s mom was skeptical. “She said, ‘You can’t believe everything you read on Facebook,’ ” Josie recalled.
Across the region, from the Oregon shores to atop buildings in downtown Spokane down to southern Idaho, people gathered to see the first solar eclipse over the United States since 1979.
Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.
A coffee company has issued a recall notice of all of its eclipse glasses.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to Idaho, piling into campsites, fields, motels and motorcades for a front-row seat at the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years.
A total solar eclipse is a relatively rare occurrence, especially one that crosses the continental U.S. from coast to coast.