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Some of the best pictures from Solar Eclipse 2017

North America witnessed a spectacle as the Moon passed in front of the Sun causing a shadow to fall on Earth – here are some of our favourite images.

On 21 August 2017 the path of a total solar eclipse cut right across the US for the first time in nearly 40 years. For about two and a half minutes, the Moon will completely covered the face of the Sun, turning day into night. Here are some of the best photographs of the solar eclipse.

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© Noam Galai/WireImage

The solar eclipse is seen behind the Statue of Liberty

© NASA/Bill Ingalls
© NASA/Bill Ingalls

Composite image of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington

© NASA/Joel Kowsky
© NASA/Joel Kowsky

Composite image of the ISS as it transits the Sun during a partial solar eclipse © NASA/Joel Kowsky

Composite image of the International Space Station as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse.

© ESA/Royal Observatory Belgium
© ESA/Royal Observatory Belgium

The solar eclipse seen from ESA’s Sun-watching Proba-2 satellite

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© Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Jeff Thornton carries his daughter, Sammie, to view the eclipse, Oregon

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© Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Eclipse Parking this way

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© Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Pink flamingos named Fred and Matilda have their solar glasses on as they wait for the show

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© ESA/NASA

The Moon’s shadow on Earth

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© Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

In-camera multiple exposure of the solar eclipse as seen in Salem, Oregon

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© RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The total solar eclipse in Alliance, Nebraska

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Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Boston residents check out the partial solar eclipse through cereal boxes

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© Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mobile phones illuminate during the solar eclipse totality during an event on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois

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© Chris Weeks/Getty Images

Spectators at Zivo Vineyards in Amity, Oregon, watch as the solar eclipse reaches totality

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© Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

A steaming pot shows the eclipse in its shadows

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© Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The solar eclipse is seen behind the Washington Monument from the National Mall in Washington

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© Paul Morigi/WireImage

A lens flare shows the solar eclipse in progress

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© Leigh Vogel/WireImage

13-year old Bozmean, Montana residents look toward the Sun through eclipse glasses

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© Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A woman holds a shadow after the total solar eclipse

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© William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Great American Solar Eclipse reaches the ‘diamond ring’ stage just before totality

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© Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

Rain clouds obscure the eclipse over Spaceship Earth at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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© Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A composite image of the solar eclipse, Illinois

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© Lou Brutus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A small plane is silhouetted by the eclipse as it flies thru the path of totality in Saluda, South Carolina

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© Leonardo Alvarez/LatinContent/Getty Images

People look at a partial solar eclipse in the Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology at Guadalajara University, México

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© Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images

The eclipse approaches totality at Saluki Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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© Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The solar eclipse with a plane passing by from Philadelphia

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© Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

The Sun is eclipsed by the Moon over top of the Empire State Building in New York City


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