The solar eclipse, in images

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A total solar eclipse passed over North America on Mondayoffering a dramatic spectacle that was visible to millions of people.

A total solar eclipse It occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking the face of the sun. Those within the path of totality, including 32 million people in the United States, saw the eclipse in all its glory. People standing out of the way were still able to see a partial solar eclipse, where the moon blocks only part of the sun’s face.

Many people traveled to the path of totality to attend special viewing parties. Those along the center line of the path saw an eclipse that lasted between 3½ and 4 minutes, according to NASA.

For many Americans, this was the last chance to see a total solar eclipse for 20 years. The next one won’t be visible in the contiguous United States until August 2044.

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