Today the solar eclipse made a path across the U.S.. People traveled from all over the world to get a glimpse of totality. A student team gathered in Alliance, Nebraska to capture the event.
Nearly 70 people stand in a parking lot where a large T.V. is playing a live stream of the solar eclipse as totality approaches them. Students from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are tracking a weather balloon with a camera they released earlier.
The crowd anxiously stares at the sky through solar filter glasses and cameras as the moon replaces the sun.
At totality, people take off their eye wear. Cheers echo from all of the town where excited visitors watch the phenomenon.
Dan Hagler traveled from Minnesota. He says it caused a mix of emotions.
“I’ve seen partial eclipses before and it was what I was used to. It’s the first total eclipse I’ve ever seen and I…I don’t know. It’s one of these things where I’ve seen lots of documentaries and pictures and stuff. And that part of it is what you expect but witnessing it first had is...there’s no comparison.”
Some viewers hadn’t experienced a partial eclipse before.Ten year old Una Bornemamn drove from Denver with her family. She described what totality looked like.
“It kind of looked like the sun blacked out except the edges. The edges were still on fire. And it was really, really dark. It made me feel weird like the moon ate the sun, like the moon ate the sun because it got too hungry.”
The video of today’s eclipse can be found on NASA’s website.