Durangoans gathered in several places Monday to watch the total solar eclipse make its way across the sky. Although the eclipse was only about 80 percent here, it drew crowds because of its rarity. It was the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history, scientists told the Associated Press. A solar eclipse is considered one of the grandest of cosmic spectacles. The Earth, moon and sun line up perfectly every one to three years, briefly turning day into night for a sliver of the planet.
The path of totality passed through 14 states, entering near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 1:16 p.m. EDT, moving over Casper, Wyoming; Carbondale, Illinois; and Nashville, Tennessee, and then exiting near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:47 p.m. EDT.
Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois saw the longest stretch of darkness: 2 minutes and 44 seconds.
The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be in 2024. The next coast-to-coast one will not be until 2045.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.