Saturday 24 February 2018

In pictures: US goes dark during 'once-in-a-lifetime' solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse is seen above Madras, Oregon Photo Aubrey Gemignani/NASA
A total solar eclipse is seen above Madras, Oregon Photo Aubrey Gemignani/NASA
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While Irish people were left underwhelmed by the partial eclipse witnessed here, across the Atlantic was a different story.

Millions of Americans marvelled at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in the US in nearly a century.

Day turned to night for two minutes during the eclipse.

Here are some of the best pictures:

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The solar eclipse creates the effect of a diamond ring at totality as seen from Clingmans Dome Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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People watch the solar eclipse from the observation deck of The Empire State Building in New York City Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A total solar eclipse is seen above Madras, Oregon Photo Aubrey Gemignani/NASA
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump watch the solar eclipse from the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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In this multiple exposure photograph, the phases of a partial solar eclipse are seen over the Gateway Arch on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in St. Louis. The Gateway Arch was just a few miles outside of the path of totality. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Guests watch the final moments before the total eclipse at the football stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, U.S., August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 37°42'25" N 89°13'10" W. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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The moon almost eclipses the sun during a near total solar eclipse as seen from Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Julian Ledger, of Los Angeles, photographs the solar eclipse while his wife Shayde Ledger and friend Annemarie Penny, right dance during totality at the Albany Regional Airport in Albany, Ore., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP)
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The moon starts passing in front of the sun during a solar eclipse seen from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park, Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. Courtesy Bill Ingalls/NASA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT

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