This series was captured over the course of three hours from St. Louis Missouri. Look closely at the right edge of the fully eclipsed sun and you can see a large solar flare. (Jeff Geerling/Flickr CC)
The eclipse appears as a tiny dot off the wing of this eclipse-chasing flight. (Alaska Airlines)
The moon's shadow moving across the Earth as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station. (NASA Johnson Space Center)
A brilliant bead of sun is visible at the edge of the moon right before and after totality. Known as the "Diamond Effect," it can be seen here from Montgomery City, Missouri. (Kelli Camp, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest)
This composite image shows each stage of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington. (Bill Ingalls/NASA)
A partial solar eclipse appears over the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The crescent sun shows in the gaps between leaves like a natural pin-hole viewer in Seattle, Washington. (Lynette Mong)
The sun's corona glows brightly in the total solar eclipse above Madras, Oregon (Aubrey Gemignani/NASA)
This compilation image taken near Banner, Wyoming captures the International Space Station as it transits the partially eclipsed sun. (Joel Kowsky/NASA)
The eclipse as seen from Lower Manhattan through a pair of eclipse glasses (Ferenc G. Koszorus)
Solar flares—explosions of radiation—erupt from the eclipsed sun's surface as seen in Madras, Oregon. (moshen/Flickr CC)
Just a sliver of sun appears in this image taken above Simpsonville, South Carolina. (Jason Flakes)
A partially eclipsed sun as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory. (NASA / SDO)
A partial eclipse appears just at the edge of passing cloud cover. (Donny Bajohr)

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Stunning Photos Capture the Solar Eclipse Across America

This stellar phenomenon delighted millions today as it transited across the United States

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Today, millions of people across the United States turned their heads skyward to watch as the moon briefly obscured the sun's glow.

This was the first total solar eclipse to travel across the continental U.S. in nearly a century. Over the course of 100 minutes, the moon's shadow traveled from coast to coast, completely obscuring the sun in 14 states, while the rest of North America watched a partial eclipse.

Excitement ran high in anticipation of the event. Special gear was bought, celebratory stamps were printed, apps were created and many people traveled hours or even took chartered flights to catch a glimpse of the celestial show. If you weren't able to see the event in person or online (or if you want to relive it) take in this collection of images of the eclipse from across the country.

For those worried about missing out, have no fear: the continental U.S. will see another solar eclipse just seven years from now, when the moon will cast a shadow from Texas to Maine.

This article will be updated as more photos become available.

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