This past Tuesday saw the United States experience a cross-country total solar eclipse, the first since 1918, and NASA was on hand to capture it in some unconventional and highly-advanced ways.
Across 14 states, eager stargazers within a 113km-wide band were able to put on their protective eyewear and watch two celestial bodies converge, with the moon almost completely blocking out the sun.
According to AFP, several towns within the zone were flooded by visitors. Madras, Oregon, a small town of 7 000 residents, became 100 000 strong for the day.
It has become, as NASA predicted, the most photographed eclipse of all time, thanks to the immense popularity and reach of social media.
Meanwhile, scientists at NASA have come up with different angles, adding to the swathe of photos already posted online.
This video, taken by the agency’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, shows the eclipse casting its shadow across the States over a period of 12 images. It’s quite remarkable.
In another creative twist, NASA managed to capture footage of the International Space Station passing across the face of the sun before it became smothered by the moon.
The next time we here in South Africa will see a total eclipse will be in 2021, when residents of Stellenbosch will have a prime view.