ATLANTA — The first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. coast to coast in nearly a century has come to an end in South Carolina.
Channel 2 Action News brought you live coverage Monday afternoon as people across the country watched in wonder while the moon blocked the sun, turning daylight into twilight.
Totality -- when the sun is completely obscured by the moon -- lasted just 2 minutes or so in each location along the narrow corridor stretching all the way across the U.S., from Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It took about 90 minutes for total blockage to cross the country.
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An estimated 200 million people live within a day's drive of Monday's path of totality. And as expected, monumental crowds turned out.
Channel 2's Richard Elliot was at Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia. They had planned for a crowd of about 10,000 people, but when it was all said and done, officials estimated 20,000 people showed up.
If you missed Monday’s eclipse, you won’t have to wait 99 years to see the next one.
The next total solar eclipse visible in the United States will take place on April 8, 2024. According to NASA, the path will cut from Texas through Maine.
After that, the next visible total solar eclipse isn’t until 2045.
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