South Carolina was in the path of totality for the solar eclipse today, which meant the viewers were treated to a phenomenal sight today. Viewers in North Carolina also took some stunning photos of today’s eclipse.
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon’s disk completely covers the sun’s disk in the sky. For a couple minutes, the sun is shadowed by the moon, leaving brief darkness in the area as the moon shadows the sun. It’s a unique and fascinating experience.
From Oregon to South Carolina, a stretch of about 70 miles in America had a “path of totality” to see the solar eclipse 100 percent. This included areas in Idaho, Illinois, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. In areas where there was a full eclipse, the temperature could drop as much as 10 degrees.
Here are some photos from North Carolina. The path of totality wasn’t here, but viewers still had a spectacular sight.
Traffic was higher in areas in the path of totality, but for people who traveled to see the eclipse, it was well worth it. We won’t have another total solar eclipse in the U.S. until 2024.