eclipse instagram photo

Screengrab via moodygrams/Instagram

12 breathtaking Instagram photos of the solar eclipse

The day the Earth, and social media, stood still.


Phillip Tracy

Internet Culture

Published Aug 21, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 7:50 pm CDT

After weeks of endless hype, the solar eclipse quickly came and went on Monday, but not before leaving us with some out-of-this-world images.

People from across the United States put on their special glasses and aimed their cameras to the sky to document the mysterious occasion. What came next was a barrage of photos posted to social media. Of the more than 2 million #eclipse Instagram photos, we’re going to look at 12 that best document the captivating phenomenon that stopped every American in their tracks, if only for a few moments. Check them out below.

1) Totality

2) Peek a boo

3) Umbra from the International Space Station

4) Timelapse

View this post on Instagram

Totality #eclipse

A post shared by Aidan Black (@aidanblack106) on

5) Shadows of an eclipse

6) Mesmerized

7) The invasion

8) A view from Earth

9) North Carolina watch party

10) The ring

11) Surrounded by beauty

12) POTUS goes rogue

Share this article
*First Published: Aug 21, 2017, 6:11 pm CDT