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Eclipse 2017 LIVE: Rare full-blown eclipse turns day into night across US

Solar Eclipse 2017 LIVE UPDATES: A solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, blocking out the Sun’s rays and casting a shadow on parts of Earth.

The United States of America is witnessing a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years. The solar eclipse started around 1 p.m EDT (which is around 10.30 pm IST). A solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, blocking out the Sun’s rays and casting a shadow on parts of Earth. But this one is special because it is taking place across the entire United States, and thus people will actually be able to view this.

So, if you are in America on Monday, you might experience a total solar eclipse, if not, a partial one. But to witness this mega astronomical event one has to be careful and exercise caution. It is suggested that one should never watch directly at the sun during the eclipse. Also, one should always use either sunglasses or telescopes or a binocular or X-Ray plate to watch the solar eclipse to avoid damage to eyes.

Here are the LIVE UPDATES:

1.50 am: The total eclipse has ended in the US, but a partial solar eclipse will remain until 4:10 pm(ET)

1.23 am: The crickets and other animals grew noisy when it got darker at the Nashville zoo, but as the sun was totally blotted out, it was the humans who drowned out the animals, clapping, “oohing” and “aahing” for more than the nearly two minutes the total eclipse lasted, FleekNG reports.

1.15 am: A partial solar eclipse appears over the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York, Monday. (FleekNG Photo)

A partial solar eclipse appears over the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

 

1.00 am: Check out how Solar Eclipse looks from space?

12.33 am: US Vice-President Mike Pence is watching the cosmic spectacle from the US Navy Observatory in Washington, DC.

12.30 am: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wear protective glasses as they view the solar eclipse at the White House in Washington. ( FleekNG Photo)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wear protective glasses as they view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington.

12.15 am: A crowd gathers in front of the Hollywood sign at the Griffith Observatory to watch the solar eclipse in Los Angeles on Monday.

A crowd gathers in front of the Hollywood sign at the Griffith Observatory to watch the solar eclipse in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

12.07 am: A little warning for our American readers ! It is not advisable to look into the sun without protection, except when the sun is 100 percent covered. In order to avoid eye damage, you should use solar eyeglasses or pinhole projectors that can cast an image of the eclipse into a box.

12.00 am: Solar Eclipse has reached the path of totality in Kentucky.

11.47 pm: Watch ! Total Solar Eclipse underway in Nebraska.

11.43 pm: “It’s really, really, really, really awesome,” said 9-year-old Cami Smith as she watched the fully eclipsed sun from a gravel lane near her grandfather’s home at Beverly Beach, Oregon: AP

11.30 pm: The moon is seen passing in front of the sun during a solar eclipse from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park, in Washington on Monday.

The moon is seen passing in front of the sun during a solar eclipse from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park, in Washington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

11.08 pm: The moon covers the sun during a total eclipse near Redmond, Oregon.

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10:53 pm: WATCH the first glimpse of Solar Eclipse totality in Oregon.


10.30 pm: A crowd wears protective glasses as they watch the beginning of the solar eclipse from Salem, Oregon. (Source: AP)

A crowd wears protective glasses as they watch the beginning of the solar eclipse from Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

10.18 pm: Watch the live streaming of first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

10.05 pm: It’s happening !10.05 pm: 

10.00 pm: Solar Eclipse has begun over Oregon, the first place from where the phenomenon can be witnessed.

9.55 pm: Millions of Americans equipped with protective glasses across the United States are gearing up to witness the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century.

8.50 pm: Until the solar eclipse starts, you can read about top 20 funny memes ruling the internet in connection with the phenomenon

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7.58 pm: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is all geared for the big event, as they said that it will provide “images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station” all around the world.

7.50 pm: The last time an eclipse travelled across USA was in 1918 and the last time anyone in the United States witnessed a total solar eclipse was almost 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979.

7:43 pm NASA will have a live video stream from locations across the country and beyond. According to the NASA website, the live stream begins 1 pm EDT or around 9.50 PST on August 21, which is around 10.30 pm for India. The Solar Eclipse event will begin at this time, and NASA will have a live video stream for the same.

7:36 pm During the solar eclipse, a shadow will rush across the sky at 1,500 miles an hour, creating a cold spot that will ripple the atmosphere like a speedboat stirring up a bow wake.

7:30 pm: Solar Eclipse is among the top trends on Google and people are excited to know every minute details of the rare event.


7:00 pm: People across US have started tweeting about their excitement for the rare astronomical event.

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