For the past few days, since a portion of the country was graced with total solar eclipse, social media has been ablaze with outstanding imagery capturing the once in a lifetime phenomenon.
Fortunately for us, the eclipse’s “path of totality” cut a wide path straight through the heart of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, allowing many of our readers to photograph and share their eclipse experiences.
But before it reached our humble hills, the eclipse made its stunning presence known in the Cascades of the Pacific Northwest before reaching the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and then the Tetons of northwestern Wyoming.
Below are 10 of our favorite perspectives of the eclipse in the Blue Ridge and far beyond.
Taken during the darkest moments of the total eclipse. Although the eclipse was ultimately blocked by the clouds on Black Balsam Knob, the sky turned to complete twilight for several minutes and was quite a surreal and unworldly experience. #totaleclipse #eclipse2017 #totaleclipse2017 #explore #ncoutdoor_inc #blackbalsam #blackbalsamknob #blueridgemoments #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgeparkway #eclipse2017 #visitnc #visitasheville
Photo @chrisburkard Without a doubt the most documented celestial event to ever take place. The solar eclipse's totality only lasted for minutes in the path that it occurred. Giving photographers a small window of time to capture something most of us will most likely never see again. At Smith Rock State Park in eastern Oregon.. a highliner @handsomerobinson steadily balances on thin webbing as he moves between rock formations. The human size gives scale to this otherworldly solar event. You can bet his attention was torn between walking the line and staring at the eclipse. . Many hands in the making to create a shot like this all in Camera. Thank You for the climbing, rigging, long nights & an even longer day @snackfarmer @russell_holliday @garrison_rowland
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone!What an awesome day to experience a total solar eclipse here in Greenville, SC! #solareclipse2017
Posted by Greenville, South Carolina – Official City Government Homepage on Monday, August 21, 2017
In this video captured at 1,500 frames per second with a high-speed camera, the International Space Station (@ISS), with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 near Banner, Wyoming. Onboard as part of the crew are: NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer (@Astro2Fish), and Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade); Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy (@SergeyISS); and ESA (@EuropeanSpaceAgency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli (@Astro_Paolo). A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Photo Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky #sun #solareclipse #totalsolareclipse #partialsolareclipse #eclipse2017 #astronomy #heliophysics #moon #nasa #eclipse #solarsystem #science #research #nasa #space #spacestation #view #internationalspacestation #research #technology #astronomy #picoftheday