Today millions of American citizens bore witness to a once in a lifetime experience as they had the opportunity to observe the much anticipated solar eclipse, a celestial event in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun in its entirety or only a portion of it for approximately three hours. It was a historic moment as the last time the US observed a total eclipse was back in 1979.
For this eclipse in particular, the longest period where the sun was completely blocked by the moon was scheduled to last approximately two minutes and forty seconds. The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, crossing the U.S. from West to East including 14 different states. The first point of contact occurred in Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. where its totality began at 10:16 a.m. and then made its way through other destinations all the way up to South Carolina.
However, observers outside this path including all of North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe experienced a partial solar eclipse where the moon covered a part of the sun's disk. Here in Belize the partial solar eclipse were observed at 11:29 a.m., the maximum partial eclipse was seen at 12:54 and finally it ended at 2:12 p.m.
Individuals from across the world who had the opportunity to experience the total eclipse did so with the use of protective glasses, telescopes and cameras in order to protect their vision.