STARING AT THE SUN

What Americans—and one very responsible dog—looked like staring at the solar eclipse

As the great solar eclipse of 2017 moved across the United States yesterday, crowds congregated below to watch it happen. Some pilgrimaged inland to gather under the “path of totality,” where the sun would appear totally eclipsed. Meanwhile, in large cities like New York, Washington and Los Angeles, people in office buildings and on the street stopped in their tracks to catch a glimpse of a partially obscured sun.

While many tried to capture the perfect solar corona on phones and cameras, those images only tell half of the story. The rest of the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle can be seen on their faces, each turned skyward to see something amazing.

People watch the solar eclipse from the observation deck of The Empire State Building in New York
People watch the solar eclipse from the observation deck of The Empire State Building in New York City. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
Juventino Luna and his son Jesus Luna watch the solar eclipse on the lawn of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
Juventino Luna (R) and his son Jesus Luna watch the solar eclipse on the lawn of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
People watch the solar eclipse on the lawn of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
People watch the solar eclipse on the lawn of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)
Rafi Davis, 7, of Sliver Springs, MD., watches the solar eclipse at Carhenge in Alliance
Rafi Davis, 7, of Sliver Springs, Maryland, watches the solar eclipse at Carhenge in Alliance, Neb. (Reuters/Scott Morgan)
People use solar viewing glasses as the sun emerges through fog cover before the solar eclipse in Depoe Bay
People use solar viewing glasses as the sun emerges through fog cover in Depoe Bay, Oregon. (Reuters/Mike Blake)
Eclipse Florida
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School student Daniel Jimenez looks through solar glasses as he watches the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Sollar Eclipse
People gather to watch phases of solar eclipse on the National Mall in Washington (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Solar Eclipse from Depoe Bay, Oregon
People watch the Solar Eclipse in Depoe Bay, Oregon. (Reuters/Mike Blake)
Seventeen year-old Audrey Franklin and her twelve year-old brother Wally watch the solar eclipse at the football stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
Seventeen year-old Audrey Franklin (R) and her twelve year-old brother Wally, who traveled from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, watch the solar eclipse at the football stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. (Reuters/Bryan Snyder)
An enthusiast holds his dog with solar glasses before total eclipse from Carroll Rim Trail at Painted Hills near Mitchell, Oregon
An enthusiast holds his dog Prince, who sports solar glasses, as they await a total solar eclipse from atop Carroll Rim Trail at Painted Hills, near Mitchell, Oregon. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
People look at the 360-degree twilight during the total solar eclipse in Guernsey
People look at the 360-degree twilight during the total solar eclipse in Guernsey, Wyoming. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)
Guests react to the total eclipse in the football stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
Viewers react to the total eclipse in the football stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. (Reuters/Bryan Snyder)
Eclipse Nebraska
The sun peeks through the clouds as people wearing solar glasses watch in Falls City, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Eclipse Wisconsin
Priti Khandheria, right, and Zeest Tajik in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Eclipse Indiana
Henry Boritt in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
APTOPIX Eclipse California
A crowd gathers in front of the Hollywood sign at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
U.S. Navy sailors Soloman Rucker and Peyton Warner check the position of the sun on the flight deck of the Naval museum ship U.S.S. Yorktown during the Great American Eclipse in Mount Pleasant
U.S. Navy sailors Soloman Rucker (Front) and Peyton Warner check the position of the sun on the flight deck of the Naval museum ship U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. (Reuters/Randall Hill)
A man vapes as he watches the solar eclipse from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
A man vapes as he watches the solar eclipse from Clingmans Dome, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
Women view the solar eclipse through glasses and an iPhone at Times Square in Manhattan, New York
Women view the solar eclipse through glasses and an iPhone at Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 40.7589° N, 73.9851° W. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton – RTS1CPPD (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
Laura Witte of Ft. Collins, Colo., watches the solar eclipse at Carhenge in Alliance
Laura Witte of Ft. Collins, Colo., watches the solar eclipse at Carhenge in Alliance, Neb. (Reuters/Scott Morgan)
Happy Haynes, partial solar eclipse
Happy Haynes of Denver uses glasses as she joins others residents as they gather at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
People watch the total solar eclipse from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
People watch the total solar eclipse from Clingmans Dome the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
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