On August 21, 2017, life in America paused. Store clerks abandoned their posts and city dwellers climbed to rooftops as the nation awaited the coming of the moon’s shadow.
Like the eclipse of 1878—the subject of David Baron's book—the eclipse of 2017 proved to be a grand, national spectacle. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, it was the first such celestial event to cross the country from coast to coast in 99 years. Along a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina, millions watched daylight disappear while the sun’s majestic atmosphere—the solar corona—shone in the heavens.
This NPR mini-documentary captures the awe and excitement of the day.
Author David Baron viewed the 2017 eclipse from atop Wyoming’s Rendezvous Peak (elevation 10,400’). As totality set in, he and his family gazed westward to watch the moon’s shadow approach, and then they turned skyward to admire the solar corona.