Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

“It’s really, really, really, really awesome,” said 9-year-old Cami Smith as she watched the fully eclipsed sun from a gravel lane near her grandfather’s home at Beverly Beach, Oregon.

In Boise, Idaho, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights came on briefly in the middle of the day, while in Nashville, Tennessee, people craned their necks at the sun and knocked back longneck beers at Nudie’s Honky Tonk bar. (AP)

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Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

The solar eclipse is seen behind the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island in on Aug. 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

John Deacon checks out the total solar eclipse wearing eclipse glasses in Union Square in New York City on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

President Donald Trump looks up toward the Solar Eclipse while joined by his wife first lady Melania Trump on the Truman Balcony at the White House on Aug. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

The moon covers the sun during a total eclipse near Redmond, Ore. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

People watch the solar eclipse from the observation deck of The Empire State Building in New York City, Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

Madison the dog watches the solar eclipse in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Harrison McClary/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump and son Barron from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, Aug. 21, 2017 (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

In this multiple exposure photograph, the phases of a partial solar eclipse are seen over the Gateway Arch on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in St. Louis. The Gateway Arch was just a few miles outside of the path of totality. (Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A man checks out the total solar eclipse using a cereal box in Union Square, New York City, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A woman looks overjoyed as she watches the total solar eclipse in Times Square, New York City, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

Ariana Mareyev (10) of Charleston wears several pairs of solar glasses on the flight deck of the Naval museum ship U.S.S. Yorktown during the Great American Eclipse in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Randall Hill/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

The International Space Station, in silhouette, as it transits the sun during a partial solar eclipse seen from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park, Washington, Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A man shows off his specially made goggles to watch the total solar eclipse in Union Square, New York City, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

People watch the solar eclipse from the observation deck of The Empire State Building in New York City, Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

Members of the NYU women’s volleyball team take a break from school to see the total solar eclipse in Union Square, New York City, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A man looks up at the sun in Times Square, New York City, to watch the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A jet plane flies by the total solar eclipse in Guernsey, Wyoming U.S. August 21, 2017. (Photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

People share glasses to watch the total solar eclipse in Times Square, New York City, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

Nicola James, 49, with her twin 18 year old daughters Holly (front left) and Grace watch the start of the solar eclipse while flying over the United States on board Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight check VS5 from London’s Heathrow airport to Miami. (Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A man checks out the total solar eclipse wearing eclipse glasses in Union Square, New York City, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A group of men gather in Union Square in New York to watch the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

A designated eclipse viewing area is seen in a campground near Guernsey, Wyoming, Aug. 20, 2017. (Photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

People share glasses with a young boy to watch the total solar eclipse in Union Square, New York City, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

The moon almost totally eclipses the sun during a near total solar eclipse as seen from Salem, Ore. (Photo: Don Ryan/AP)

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

People take a break from work to witness the solar eclipse on Broadway in New York City on Aug. 21, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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