12 breathtaking Instagram photos of the solar eclipse

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEc24DlIP8/

2) Peek a boo

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEd7TsAImn/?tagged=eclipse

3) Umbra from the International Space Station

4) Timelapse

Totality #eclipse

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5) Shadows of an eclipse

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEgy-bDOfq/

6) Mesmerized

7) The invasion

Just average day hanging out at #centerline of #totality at #eclipse 2017 #nofilter

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8) A view from Earth

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEbjH0DW_Q/?tagged=eclipse

9) North Carolina watch party

The #SolarEclipse2017 in #JacksonCountyNC was breathtaking! #NCEclipse #TotalSolarEclipse #Totality @visitnc @nasagoddard

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10) The ring

11) Surrounded by beauty

Teton totality was awesome! #tetontotality #eclipse

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12) POTUS goes rogue

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYEYmRFgeXu/?tagged=solareclipse

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.