By Jonathan Amos, BBC Science Correspondent
A huge shadow cast by the Moon as it passed in front of the Sun swept across the nation, from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east.
Millions of people moved to get into the path of darkness, putting on their protective glasses to gaze at the sky in wonder.
It was the first total solar eclipse visible from America’s lower 48 states in 38 years, and the first since 1918 to track from coast to coast.
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