Total solar eclipse leaves Americans shocked and awed

It's the first total solar eclipse in 99 years in the US

Isaac Ehrenburg, 10, looks through a telescope at the setting sun, one day prior to the total solar eclipse.

Several students participated in pre-eclipse activities undertaken by schools in Oregon and surrounding areas. (WION)

People view the partial solar eclipse from Times Square in New York.

People viewed the eclipse in Times Square. They cheered as the sun came out from behind the clouds. Emotional sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America on Monday as the sun vanished behind the moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century. (AFP)

Astrocon attendees cover their cameras to capture the total solar eclipse

Astrocon attendees cover themselves and their cameras to shoot the Great American Eclipse at Casper Collage Wyoming. The total eclipse lasted 2 min and 30 sec. (AFP)

Astrocon attendees set up telescopes for the Great American Eclipse in Casper, Wyoming.

For those who wanted to see the eclipse up close, there were telescopes put up sparingly. (AFP)

Students at the Jennings School District view the solar eclipse

Thousands of students from all standards came out to witness the total solar eclipse in St Louis, Missouri. (AFP)

Happy faces looking at the sun

Fans watch the solar eclipse during the third day of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 21, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (AFP)

America witnessed a total solar eclipse on August 21. The last it happened was in 1979.

The sun is seen in full eclipse over a park on August 21, 2017 in Hiawatha, Kansas. Millions of people flocked to areas of the US that were in the "path of totality" in order to experience a total solar eclipse. (AFP)

A ceremony in the presence of the sun

B J Dini from the 'Hermitage of the Golden Dawn' movement conducts a ceremony as he views the start of the total solar eclipse at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. (AFP)

America had a mini-festival with enthusiasts coming out in massive numbers to watch the eclipse

People watch the total solar eclipse at the Symbiosis Oregon Eclipse Festival at Big Summit Prairie ranch in Oregon's Ochoco National Forest near the city of Mitchell. (AFP)

A man can be seen in a praying position at the site of solar eclipse in Oregon

People watched the total solar eclipse at the Symbiosis Oregon Eclipse Festival at Big Summit Prairie ranch in Oregon's Ochoco National Forest near the city of Mitchell. (AFP)