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Summary

  1. A total solar eclipse will sweep across the US, from Oregon to South Carolina
  2. It's the first such eclipse to go from the west to east coasts of the US in 100 years
  3. Experts warn never to look directly at the Sun with the naked eye
  4. Several cities are near or on the path of totality, including St Louis, Nashville and Charleston
  5. The eclipse makes landfall in Oregon at 17:16 GMT and leaves the US in South Carolina 18:48 GMT

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By Jonathan Amos, Paul Rincon, Max Matza and Vicky Baker

All times stated are UK

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Time to put down the glasses

It's now time to head home. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this amazing event. Keep checking the BBC News website for new pictures and video from the Great American Eclipse. And if you're watching this from the US - roll on 2024!

@BBCAmos, @vickybaker, @rincon_p, and @matzamax.

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'An incredible sensation'

BBC's Laura Trevelyan describing her experience of eclipse totality in Casper, Wyoming

Einstein sets the right example

Einstein was prepared, naturally.

This picture was taken by the BBC's Harry Low in Washington.

Even Einstein has his #Eclipse sunglasses on

Even Einstein has his #Eclipse sunglasses on

That's what they call a beauty shot

Another weather satellite, but this time it's one that belongs to Europe. Simon Proud processed these images from Meteosat, Nice job, sir!

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The BBC's special 'technical equipment'

At the BBC's New York bureau, things got very high tech with this homemade pinhole camera.

A BBC staff member's homemade eclipse viewing equipment
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Bright eyes and a Bushy tale

Former US presidents George Bush and George W Bush caught it, too, with all the family.

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Only a few years to wait...

You wait ages for a Great American Eclipse and then two come along at once (give or take a few years).

As we approach the end of this event, it's worth noting that the US will get another spectacular eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024. This one won't be exclusive to the US, however. Eclipse enthusiasts can get a good view from northern Mexico and eastern Canada. The path of totality passes close to the cities of Mazatlan and Torreón in Mexico before crossing Texas.

Here, totality will sweep past the cities of Austin and San Antonio, continuing up through the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. As with today's eclipse, residents of the city of St Louis, Missouri - one of the biggest Metropolitan areas in the Mid-West - are well-placed to get a view.

From Indiana, the eclipse passes over Ohio - where the key cities of Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland are either on or close to the path of totality - before skimming north-west Pennsylvania and passing over New York State. Observers in New York City will see most of the Sun covered, but can drive north to get a view of totality.

The path of totality will almost completely cover Lake Erie and Lake Ontario - the fourth and fifth largest of North America's Great Lakes. It will then graze the Canadian city of Toronto before passing over Montreal and the US state of Maine, crossing back into Canada as it traverses New Brunswick and the island of Newfoundland.

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Mazatlan, Mexico, is near to where the eclipse makes landfall
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Hot Springs, Arkansas, is along the path of totality
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The Moon's shadow will track across Lake Ontario

Don't let the Sun go down...

Another good view of the partial eclipse at sunset was to be had on the Spanish Canary island of Fuerteventura.

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Europe's partial eclipse

Parts of western Europe and Africa caught the very end of the eclipse. Those places that managed to escape the cloud saw the Moon nibble at the edge of the Sun just before it went over the horizon. This colourful shot was taken in Pointe du Van, in Brittany, France. The spire in silhouette is the chapel of Saint-They.

Chapel of Saint-They
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View from an altitude of 36,000km

GOES16 is a meteorological satellite that sits above the US. It saw the weather today, for sure. But it also captured the Moon's shadow race across the continent.

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The long-distance view

European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli has posted photos from the International Space Station, showing the Moon's shadow tracking across the Earth. And Nasa has tweeted video of the eclipse, also from the ISS.

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When totality escapes you...

Let's spare a thought for BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker, who took a trip to Nashville to see the eclipse, but had his plans foiled by cloud cover at the very last moment.

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Still looks like he had fun though.

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Did Trump not get the memo?

Glasses, Donald, glasses! You can't say we didn't warn you.

Donald Trump  points to the eclipse without wearing glasses
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Nothing to see here

Look, at least you can't accuse us of missing the big moment ...

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Have any goats fainted yet?

Nope.

The Washington Post has captured zero cases of goat-fainting in its livestream.

So, to liven things up, their presenter has taken to showing what it would look like if a goat were to faint.

The Washington Post's Goat cam shows a presenter falling to the ground
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The Washington Post's Goat cam

Trump is watching, too

President Trump has been watching from the Truman Balcony at the White House, with wife Melania.

Mr and Mrs Trump watch the total eclipse from the White House
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Here's the famed 'Baily's beads' effect

A feature of the total eclipse is the so-called Baily's beads effect.

These are the sparkles of light seen at the very edge of the Moon, where its rugged landscape allows the last rays of sunlight to peak through before the light is fully obscured.

It is takes its name from English astronomer Francis Baily, who provided an exact explanation of the phenomenon in 1836.

And here it is, captured today when the eclipse hit Madras, Oregon.

The Baily's Beads effect during the total eclipse
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The Baily's Beads effect

Nature's own pinhole camera

During a solar eclipse, leaves can act like a nature pinhole camera, filtering the light so that it appears as lots of different crescent shapes.

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Tentacles of plasma

Extraordinary space station photos

It may look like this Nasa photographer has forgotten to clean the camera lens, but look again. Those tiny dots are the space station transiting the Sun during the eclipse.

Nasa stitched seven frames together to form this remarkable picture.

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Hey Washington Post, u ok hun?

Meanwhile, the Washington Post is live-streaming footage from a farm in Tennessee, to see if its goats faint during the eclipse.

It has also done a piece on the best places to watch the eclipse with a goat.

"You can find uncommonly high concentrations of eclipse goats near the Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina border, as well as in central Tennessee," it says.

Are eclipse goats a thing now?

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Everything stops for this show

Covering politics in DC right now must be a full-on job. But you can always spare a few minutes to catch this spectacle.

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Members of the media watch the solar eclipse at the White House

A perfect sky

The Sun seen in full eclipse over Grand Teton National Park. Just wow!

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Pin-hole method demonstrated

Hadi Nili, from the BBC's Persian service, is using the holes in the roof of a shed in Kentucky to try out the pin-hole method of viewing the eclipse.

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The BBC never takes breaks...

Our engineers probably had important work to do among the satellite dishes on the roof of the US bureau.

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First for 700 years

This is the first total solar eclipse to make exclusive landfall in the territory now known as the USA since 13 June 1257 - more than 700 years ago!

The path of totality passed right over the areas inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloan culture, which flourished in the Four Corners area of the American South-West. This civilisation built strikingly advanced multi-storey buildings of stone and mud surrounding open plazas.

We can only imagine what they thought of it - but there's evidence from artefacts and the construction plans of their houses that the Ancestral Puebloans had an understanding of astronomy.

The path of totality travelled in a neat east-west arc, making landfall in what is now California, passing through the present-day states of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky, before leaving the landmass in North Carolina.

Ancestral Puebloan houses
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Uh oh, Nasa is at war with itself

Nasa's Moon account just got feisty and the Sun is fighting back.

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The eclipse can be seen from coast-to-coast

The view in Charleston is a bit cloudy, but the eclipse has begun there too.

In Washington DC, onlookers are gazing out of their office buildings upwards at the Sun as they press cardboard glasses to their faces.

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It's only just begun

So, the US mainland has experienced "totality" in Oregon and now the solar eclipse is making its way right across the country. Stay tuned.

The route of the total eclipse across the Americas
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The route of the total eclipse across the Americas

Watch the the world turn dark in less than a minute! AMAZING!!!

Ivanka Trump rocks the latest fashion

The US president's daughter just tweeted this image, apparently from the White House, with her newest pair of shades.

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Standing by for plants to come to life... just joking!

Lots of Twitter users are making jokes about the movie Little Shop of Horrors, where a plant comes to life during a solar eclipse and unleashes horticultural terror.

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And there it goes!

That's it, folks. Live images of the total eclipse from Oregon!

Oregon's total eclipse
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The total eclipse hits Oregon

'I can always go to another Super Bowl'

The BBC's Nada Tawfik is speaking to some adventure seekers in Hopkinsville, Kentucky who are celebrating their anniversary with this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Shane Simmons from Taylor, Texas says he and his wife are "in the perfect spot in the universe" to view today's events, adding that he's been to a Super Bowl, but this is different because its once-in-a-lifetime.

"I can always go to another Super Bowl," the Shane says.

BTW, your pets eyes need protecting too!

Friendly reminder - your pets will also get hurt if they look directly at the Sun.

So maybe don't dangle that doggie biscuit over your pup's head for the next few hours.

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Edging closer ... Watch live on Facebook

Here are how things are looking at Depoe Bay in Oregon right now. Less than five minutes until totality. You can watch the live images on the BBC's Facebook page.

The view in Oregon as the total eclipse approaches
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The view in Oregon

Spoiler alert, East Coast

Onlookers in the western parts of the US are giving away loads of spoilers to those Americans on the East Coast still waiting for a glimpse of the eclipse.

Although it hasn't reached totality yet, the air temperature in Texas is dropping as the Sun begins to hide behind the Moon.

It's a safe bet that nobody there is complaining, as the average temperature today is around 33 Celsius (92F).

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