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Solar eclipse 2017: Curtain of darkness sweeps across America as country witnesses once-in-a-lifetime event

08:14 EDT 21 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Solar eclipse 2017: Curtain of darkness sweeps across America as country witnesses once-in-a-lifetime eventCrowds along the West Coast of the United States were awed by the eclipse of the sun, turning out in huge numbers to observe the celestial phenomenon. People massed in an arc across the western part of the country to witness the rare event, with large gatherings reported in multiple states that fall under the "path of totality" in which a total eclipse is visible. Spectators directly in the path of totality were treated to a rare sight, when the sun and moon align directly and the only visible portions of the sun were the solar flares that shoot out from the sun’s surface, visible only along the edges of the black circle created where the moon obscured the closest star to earth.


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