Yesterday, Americans set out to various corners of the country to catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse. Those lucky enough to be in the path of totality prepared for an apocalyptic two minutes of darkness. Beachgoers and sunbathers swapped their Ray-Bans for pairs of NASA-certified frames. In busy cities, sidewalks and rooftops overflowed as thousands clutched disheveled cereal boxes to their faces as makeshift sun viewers.
It almost felt like a midsummer New Year's Eve as people from all walks of life gathered to count down to a moment together. For a brief time, we put our routines on hold, turned our attention upward, and took a collective gasp in awe of the world around us.
Before we kick off the countdown to the 2024 eclipse, let's revisit some of the most stunning shots from the day.