Highlighting the best solar eclipse photos from the Valley and beyond

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The moon was slowly creeping across the sun, creating a smaller and smaller crescent every time I looked up. We silently watched as the moon began creeping across the sun, and the earth became eerily dark. The most accepted theory by scientists is that the Earth's moon formed about 4.5 billion years ago from the debris left over from a collision between Earth and an astronomical body the size of Mars.

Too soon, the moon moved farther across the sun, and our flimsy glasses went back on. "If I would have known that it completely changes, I would have [gone off campus]". The Earth takes a year (365.256 days) to orbit the sun.

CNN reports the 2024 solar eclipse, less than seven years away, will also last longer with peaks of 4 and a half minutes - almost twice as long as Monday's event. During the latter eclipse, the shadow of the moon will pass through the US border and will move into the eastern half of the country.

The 2017 solar eclipse is now history. The sun reached its local maximum coverage, 87.9 percent, at 1:17 p.m.

Although the group's trip to the eclipse turned into an all day adventure, one of the students on the trip, Nathaniel Zhu '19, said that the chase was easily worth it.

The totality period of yesterday's total solar eclipse lasted only two minutes, but the next one will have a period of darkness lasting more than twice as long at four and a half minutes. Participating with attentive, awe-struck students made this experience rewarding and very meaningful.

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NASA reported that the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous USA was in February 1979, when the path went across five northwestern states and several Canadian provinces, but no total solar eclipse has crossed the entire US from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic since June 1918. And that rare experience took place Monday, Aug. 21, where the entire North American continent witnessed an eclipse, some in total, and others partially. The moon blocked about 70% of the sun's face in our area. Through the Eyes of NASA - covered locations along the path of totality, from OR to SC including public reactions from all ages.

Several major cities will be also in the direct path of the 2024 total solar eclipse, including Dallas, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianapolis, Minnesota; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York and Montreal, Canada. The total solar eclipse on August 31, 1932 crossed over northwest Canada and the New England states.

The length of land mass that the umbra crosses is referred to as the path of totality. The total solar eclipse on February 26, 1979 moved over the northwestern United States and into Canada.

Over the next 90 minutes, the total eclipse traveled through 14 different states until ending in SC.

The next total solar eclipse that will be visible in the US will happen on April 8, 2024. Even though this was a only a partial eclipse, the event was unforgettable and gave credibility to all the drawings displayed in our science books and Weekly Readers.

Some 200 million Americans live within a day's drive of the totality zone, and as many as seven million, experts said, were expected to converge on towns and campgrounds along the narrow corridor for the event.