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Summary

  1. A total solar eclipse will sweep across the US, from Oregon to South Carolina
  2. It's the first such eclipse to go from the west to east coasts of the US in 100 years
  3. Experts warn never to look directly at the Sun with the naked eye
  4. Several cities are near or on the path of totality, including St Louis, Nashville and Charleston
  5. The eclipse makes landfall in Oregon at 17:16 GMT and leaves the US in South Carolina 18:48 GMT

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Amos, Paul Rincon, Max Matza and Vicky Baker

All times stated are UK

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  1. Time to put down the glasses

    It's now time to head home. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this amazing event. Keep checking the BBC News website for new pictures and video from the Great American Eclipse. And if you're watching this from the US - roll on 2024!

    @BBCAmos, @vickybaker, @rincon_p, and @matzamax.

    Eclipse
  2. 'An incredible sensation'

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    Video caption: BBC's Laura Trevelyan describing her experience of eclipse totality in Casper, Wyoming
  3. Einstein sets the right example

    Einstein was prepared, naturally.

    This picture was taken by the BBC's Harry Low in Washington.

  4. That's what they call a beauty shot

    Another weather satellite, but this time it's one that belongs to Europe. Simon Proud processed these images from Meteosat, Nice job, sir!

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  5. The BBC's special 'technical equipment'

    At the BBC's New York bureau, things got very high tech with this homemade pinhole camera.

    A BBC staff member's homemade eclipse viewing equipment
  6. Only a few years to wait...

    You wait ages for a Great American Eclipse and then two come along at once (give or take a few years).

    As we approach the end of this event, it's worth noting that the US will get another spectacular eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024. This one won't be exclusive to the US, however. Eclipse enthusiasts can get a good view from northern Mexico and eastern Canada. The path of totality passes close to the cities of Mazatlan and Torreón in Mexico before crossing Texas.

    Here, totality will sweep past the cities of Austin and San Antonio, continuing up through the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. As with today's eclipse, residents of the city of St Louis, Missouri - one of the biggest Metropolitan areas in the Mid-West - are well-placed to get a view.

    From Indiana, the eclipse passes over Ohio - where the key cities of Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland are either on or close to the path of totality - before skimming north-west Pennsylvania and passing over New York State. Observers in New York City will see most of the Sun covered, but can drive north to get a view of totality.

    The path of totality will almost completely cover Lake Erie and Lake Ontario - the fourth and fifth largest of North America's Great Lakes. It will then graze the Canadian city of Toronto before passing over Montreal and the US state of Maine, crossing back into Canada as it traverses New Brunswick and the island of Newfoundland.

    Mazatlan
    Image caption: Mazatlan, Mexico, is near to where the eclipse makes landfall
    Hot Springs
    Image caption: Hot Springs, Arkansas, is along the path of totality
    Lake Ontario
    Image caption: The Moon's shadow will track across Lake Ontario
  7. Don't let the Sun go down...

    Another good view of the partial eclipse at sunset was to be had on the Spanish Canary island of Fuerteventura.

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  8. Europe's partial eclipse

    Parts of western Europe and Africa caught the very end of the eclipse. Those places that managed to escape the cloud saw the Moon nibble at the edge of the Sun just before it went over the horizon. This colourful shot was taken in Pointe du Van, in Brittany, France. The spire in silhouette is the chapel of Saint-They.

    Chapel of Saint-They
  9. View from an altitude of 36,000km

    GOES16 is a meteorological satellite that sits above the US. It saw the weather today, for sure. But it also captured the Moon's shadow race across the continent.

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  10. Did Trump not get the memo?

    Glasses, Donald, glasses! You can't say we didn't warn you.

    Donald Trump  points to the eclipse without wearing glasses
  11. Have any goats fainted yet?

    Nope.

    The Washington Post has captured zero cases of goat-fainting in its livestream.

    So, to liven things up, their presenter has taken to showing what it would look like if a goat were to faint.

    The Washington Post's Goat cam shows a presenter falling to the ground
    Image caption: The Washington Post's Goat cam
  12. Trump is watching, too

    President Trump has been watching from the Truman Balcony at the White House, with wife Melania.

    Mr and Mrs Trump watch the total eclipse from the White House
  13. Here's the famed 'Baily's beads' effect

    A feature of the total eclipse is the so-called Baily's beads effect.

    These are the sparkles of light seen at the very edge of the Moon, where its rugged landscape allows the last rays of sunlight to peak through before the light is fully obscured.

    It is takes its name from English astronomer Francis Baily, who provided an exact explanation of the phenomenon in 1836.

    And here it is, captured today when the eclipse hit Madras, Oregon.

    The Baily's Beads effect during the total eclipse
    Image caption: The Baily's Beads effect
  14. Nature's own pinhole camera

    During a solar eclipse, leaves can act like a nature pinhole camera, filtering the light so that it appears as lots of different crescent shapes.

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