Solar Eclipse Awes America With a Glimpse of Totality

Millions of Americans across a 70-mile-wide swath from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday watched the moon pass in front of the sun and, ultimately, cover it altogether, except for a fiery nimbus at its edge. Millions more outside the path of totality beheld a partial eclipse, still stunning as the moon took a healthy bite of our star. Tiny rural towns swelled by thousands as eclipse chasers traveled hundreds of miles to watch the spectacle, a vivid version of the spheres held up in science class to show the clockwork of the universe. In cities, office workers dashed down from their urban perches to gather on street corners, passing around protective glasses and fiddling with pinhole projector boxes hastily assembled ahead of the milestone.