Solar eclipse 2024: An eerie darkness descends


Thousands of people have gathered to see a celestial spectacle that has plunged parts of North America into momentary darkness.

The first images of the total solar eclipse came from Mexico and cheering crowds in Texas showed their appreciation soon after.

People watch a total solar eclipse as the sky goes dark in Mazatlan, Mexico, Monday, April 8, 2024.People watch a total solar eclipse as the sky goes dark in Mazatlan, Mexico, Monday, April 8, 2024.

Parts of Mexico were in darkness as the eclipse reached totality [Fernando Llano/AP]

A total solar eclipse is seen from Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.A total solar eclipse is seen from Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.

At the point of totality, the Moon perfectly blocks the Sun [Jeff Overs/BBC]

A kid watches the eclipse from the beach on April 08, 2024 in Mazatlan, Mexico.A kid watches the eclipse from the beach on April 08, 2024 in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Children paused their beach play to watch the eclipse begin in Mazatlan, Mexico [Hector Vivas/Getty Image]

People use special protective glasses to observe a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.People use special protective glasses to observe a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.

People use special protective glasses to observe the event [Henry Romero/Reuters]

A partial solar eclipse is seen from Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.A partial solar eclipse is seen from Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.

The eclipse which began in Mazatlan, Mexico, will be watched by tens of millions [Henry Romero/Reuters]

A youngster and a woman prepare their telescopes as people gather and wait to observe a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.A youngster and a woman prepare their telescopes as people gather and wait to observe a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.

Thousands gathered early in Mexico [Henry Romero/Reuters]

People gather and wait to observe a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.People gather and wait to observe a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024.

This eclipse is rare because of how many people live along its path [Henry Romero/Reuters]

Sun spots are seen during the beginning phase of a total solar eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024, in Arlington, Texas.Sun spots are seen during the beginning phase of a total solar eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024, in Arlington, Texas.

The clouds parted for some clearer views [Julio Cortez/AP]

Adrian Plaza, 9, of Queens, tests his eclipse glasses ahead of a partial solar eclipse, where the moon will partially blot out the sun, at New York Hall of Science in Queens borough, New York City, U.S., April 8, 2024.Adrian Plaza, 9, of Queens, tests his eclipse glasses ahead of a partial solar eclipse, where the moon will partially blot out the sun, at New York Hall of Science in Queens borough, New York City, U.S., April 8, 2024.

This young sky watcher tested his eclipse glasses at New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York [Andrew Kelly/Reuters]

People at Niagara Falls State Park watch Niagara Falls and the rainbow ahead of a solar eclipse to take place later in the day, in New York, U.S., April 8, 2024.People at Niagara Falls State Park watch Niagara Falls and the rainbow ahead of a solar eclipse to take place later in the day, in New York, U.S., April 8, 2024.

A rainbow formed over Niagara Falls as eclipse watchers arrived in the famous state park near the US/Canada border [Soren Larson/Reuters]

People camp out at Prospect Point hours before the total solar eclipse in Niagara Falls, New York, USAPeople camp out at Prospect Point hours before the total solar eclipse in Niagara Falls, New York, USA

People have camped out at Prospect Point with a view of the famous falls, hours in advance [SARAH YENESEL/EPA]

People gather on the observation deck of Edge at Hudson Yards before a partial solar eclipse in New York City, New York, U.S., April 8, 2024.People gather on the observation deck of Edge at Hudson Yards before a partial solar eclipse in New York City, New York, U.S., April 8, 2024.

While New York City isn’t in the path of totality, it will see up to 90% of the Sun covered by the Moon [Eduardo Munoz/Reuters]

Some of the 309 people gathered to break the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people dressed as the sun pose on a sightseeing boat, before the total solar eclipse in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada April 8, 2024.Some of the 309 people gathered to break the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people dressed as the sun pose on a sightseeing boat, before the total solar eclipse in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada April 8, 2024.

Some 309 people gathered to break the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people dressed as the sun before the eclipse in Ontario [Jenna Zucker/Reuters]

Tawhid Rana, of Midland, Michigan., hold his daughter Thia, as she views the sun through a telescope at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, April 8, 2024.Tawhid Rana, of Midland, Michigan., hold his daughter Thia, as she views the sun through a telescope at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, April 8, 2024.

Telescopes were set up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana for a public viewing event [Michael Conroy/AP]

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