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12 breathtaking Instagram photos of the solar eclipse

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


Phillip Tracy

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 21, 2017   Updated on 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

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

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