The vivid green Northern Lights dance above Lyngenfjord, Norway, tracing out the shape of the Earth’s magnetic field above the waters.
Green, the most common colour associated with aurorae, is produced by oxygen atoms and molecules energised by the impact of solar particles that have escaped the sun’s atmosphere, causing them to glow brightly
Patchy clouds obscured the view for some places like Nashville, Tenn., but even if the eclipse couldn’t be seen, people were treated to other unworldly phenomena, such as birds retreating from the sky and crickets chirping in midday.
People watch the total solar eclipse from Clingmans Dome, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.
At 2:49 p.m. ET, the eclipse crossed Charleston, S.C., and moved out over the Atlantic, exactly as predicted.
It left behind millions of Americans whose view of the world was briefly altered and, for some, forever changed.