As the 2017 solar eclipse made its way across North America and surrounding countries, spectators were gifted with a extraordinary astronomical visual experience. For a few minutes, the moon either partially or completely covered the sun, creating cooler temperatures, incredible shadows, and in some areas, turned day into night.
Birds quieted, tree frogs chirped, and humans collectively looked up at the sky, uniting us — even if only briefly — for what felt like the first time in a long time.
The eclipse was, of course, documented by professional and amateur photographers alike on Instagram. So, if you didn't witness the event with your own eyes, or even if you did, check out these Instagram shots — they're spectacular.
We'll reconvene right here after the April 8th, 2024 solar eclipse!