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Day becomes night as solar eclipse engulfs US

Day turned to night for two minutes on Monday, August 21, 2017 as the first solar eclipse in the US in nearly a century unfolded from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast.

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The full solar eclipse

Millions of Americans, armed with protective glasses, marvelled at the manifestation, which was visible in a 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone in the country. It drew one of the largest audiences in human history.

The last time such a spectacle unfolded from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast was in 1918. The last total eclipse seen anywhere in the United States took place in 1979.

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A crowd gathers in Washington

The “Great American Eclipse”, as it is frequently referred to, captivated millions around the world – it is said to be the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history. In other countries it was only visible as a partial eclipse.

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According to scientists, the next eclipse takes place on July 2, 2019, stretching over a wide swath of the Southern Pacific before passing across Chile and Argentina They add that Americans won’t have to wait long for the next US eclipse – an event that many scientists believe will be even more impressive than Monday’s natural wonder.

As millions across America witnessed the once-in-a-lifetime full solar eclipse, UK sky watchers were left disappointed by what they were able to see.

Weather experts had promised a partial solar eclipse in the UK, with the moon appearing to take a “bite” out of the sun in a phenomenon lasting roughly 40 minutes.

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However, many were left underwhelmed and unable to see anything at all due to the cloud cover blocking their view.

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