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Stare All You Want at These Photos of the Solar Eclipse

Jake Rossen
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It’s Superman’s worst nightmare: the complete disappearance of the Sun from our perch on Earth. For non-Kryptonians, it’s a rare and awesome chance to see a unique spectacle that hasn’t happened for 99 years. Multitudes gathered Monday to observe the solar eclipse, a complete obstruction of the sun’s rays by the moon in an epic galactic photo-bombing. Here’s how stargazers across the country greeted the astronomy event.

Artist Orion Fredericks created this art installation, 'Exsucitare Triectus,' for the public at the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Ochoco National Forest.
Artist Orion Fredericks created this art installation, 'Exsucitare Triectus,' for the public at the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Ochoco National Forest. / Image Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Twitter user Doug McArthur of Portland finds a novel way of avoiding direct eye contact.
Twitter user Doug McArthur of Portland finds a novel way of avoiding direct eye contact. /
Observers at Cal State Fullerton utilize a USPS-approved method for observing the eclipse safely.
Observers at Cal State Fullerton utilize a USPS-approved method for observing the eclipse safely. /
That tiny little blemish isn't a bug on your screen: It's the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse.
That tiny little blemish isn't a bug on your screen: It's the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse. /
Pictured: an unidentified man and Zuul, Gatekeeper of Gozer.
Pictured: an unidentified man and Zuul, Gatekeeper of Gozer. /
The 'diamond ring' effect as seen from the Lowell Observatory in Madras, Oregon.
The 'diamond ring' effect as seen from the Lowell Observatory in Madras, Oregon. / Image Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
Another novel way to avoid retina damage while enjoying the spectacle.
Another novel way to avoid retina damage while enjoying the spectacle. /
Through a portal in Kansas City, Kansas.
Through a portal in Kansas City, Kansas. /
Boston gets its view of the celestial sensation.
Boston gets its view of the celestial sensation. /
The safest way to be in awe.
The safest way to be in awe. /
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