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Mexico, USA, Canada: The solar eclipse kept millions spellbound

Mexico, USA, Canada: The solar eclipse kept millions spellbound

Mexico, USA, Canada

Millions of people watched Monday's “cosmic masterpiece” by the US space agency (NASA) describing a total solar eclipse in the skies over the United States, Mexico and Canada. Preparations for the show, which took place in the late afternoon (local time) in many regions, had been going on for months. There were festivals, feasts and mass weddings in an area of ​​185 kilometers where the total solar eclipse was visible.

The view was partially obscured by clouds in some areas. The unusual darkness caused by the Moon passing between the Sun and the Earth and completely covering the Sun can be felt when the sky is overcast. NASA used airplanes and balloons to study solar eclipses.

The Umbra extends across northern Mexico, 13 US states, southeastern Canada, and the North Atlantic. Major cities such as Dallas, Indianapolis, Buffalo and Montreal are located in the zone, with a total population of more than 30 million people. According to NASA, 215 million people in the United States saw the last solar eclipse in 2017.

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Excitedly waiting for Darkness in Mexico. The next total solar eclipse won't occur here until 2052. The next solar eclipse for the US and Canada has already been announced for 2044. A total solar eclipse will again appear in central Europe in September 2081.
The Moon completely covers the Sun

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The celestial event began in Mexico, coming from the Pacific. At 11:07 a.m. local time (20:07 CEST), the sky over Mexico's west coast darkened with a completely clear sky in the middle of the day.
Gathering during a total solar eclipse

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In many places there were parties where people observed the celestial phenomenon together. Here, for example, near the Mexican city of Mazatlán. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also watched the eclipse from this location. He spoke of a “very wonderful, unforgettable day”.
The Moon partially obscures the Sun

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Under partly cloudy skies, people watched the setting sun in Eagle Pass, Texas. Here the darkness lasted especially long in the middle of the day – almost four and a half minutes.
The crowd at the stadium in Ohio

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David L. at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. At Perry Stadium, hundreds of people gathered on a field to watch the solar eclipse. In many affected areas of the US, hotel rooms have been fully booked for months.
Children watch the solar eclipse

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In some U.S. counties where the spectacle could be seen, schools were even closed on Monday to allow students to participate in the event.
Couples exchange rings in a mass wedding ceremony during a solar eclipse

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In Trenton, Ohio, dozens of couples tied the knot during the solar eclipse
The Moon completely covers the Sun

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A little sunlight still shines on the edge. This is called the diamond ring effect and is caused by the moon's jagged surface, which allows sunlight to shine through in some places.
Crowds gather to watch the solar eclipse in New York

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Only a partial solar eclipse will be visible in New York. Despite the interest in following the phenomenon in good view, it is enormous.
People gather in front of Niagara Falls for the solar eclipse

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The sky was overcast at Niagara Falls. Nevertheless, many amateur astronomers choose this spot to witness the spectacle.
Solar eclipse with Statue of Liberty in foreground

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The sky around the Statue of Liberty also darkened briefly on Monday
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