In pictures: Total solar eclipse darkens the skies above North America

By Reuters

Monday's photo of a total solar eclipse seen in Mazatlan, Mexico
April 8, 2024. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Monday's photo of a total solar eclipse seen in Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024. REUTERS/Henry Romero
The first total solar eclipse in North America in seven years was observed on Monday from Mexico to Canada, with millions watching the celestial spectacle visible at least partially across most of the continent.

The Mexican resort town of Mazatlan was the first major observation point on the “path of totality” in North America.

Thousands of people gathered on the boardwalk and set up loungers with solar protection glasses while an orchestra played the theme from the movie Star Wars. The crowd erupted in cheers and applause as the eclipse reached totality.

In places with clear skies, observers in the direct path of the eclipse enjoyed the rare spectacle of the moon appearing as a dark orb sliding in front of the sun, briefly blocking everything except a bright halo of light, or corona, around the sun’s outer edge.

Totality lasted up to 4 and a half minutes depending on the location, and a partial eclipse, in which the moon only obscured part of the sun, was visible across most of the United States.

Lourdes Corro, 43, travelled 10 hours by car to reach Mazatlan. “The last time I saw one was when I was nine years old,” she said. “There are some clouds but we can still see the sun.”

Eclipse enthusiasts gathered at numerous points along the so-called “total route” of the phenomenon.

At the Frontier Town campsite in North Hudson, New York, children ran around wearing eclipse T-shirts, while parents set up tables, chairs and coolers with beers.

Around 32 million people in the United States live within the path of totality, and federal authorities estimated that another 5 million people travelled to be there.

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Small rural towns buzzed with activity, such as Advance, Missouri, home to just over 1,300 people, where Tim and Gwen Wurst drove from their home in Kansas City after checking the weather forecasts.

“It’s been on the calendar for years,” said Tim Wurst, 62.

It will take about 80 minutes from the moment the moon begins to cover the sun until the moment of total darkness, and then another 80 minutes to complete the process in reverse.

See images from the event in the gallery below:


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