tv ABC News Special The Great American Eclipse ABC August 21, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm PDT
>> knees to see people coming out and seeing it. share your pictu ♪ are your pictu let the natural wonder begin live off the coast of oregon where in moments we will experience the beginning of this total solar eclipse. you're looking at the pictures right now. that's the sun. the moon beginning its work as it crosses into the path between the sun and earth and it will continue to do this creating a sight described by most as breath taking. so rare, it hasn't been seen across the u.s., the entire u.s. in 99 years. not since 1918 did a total solar eclipse cross the entire country like it's about to do in just a few minutes. the last time it was seen from anywhere in the u.s. was 38 years ago. the date, february 26th, 1979. >> announcer: this is an abc news special.
>> august 21st, 2017 will it be visible from north america, 38 years from now. may the shadow of the world fall on the moon and abc news will bring you a complete report from that 38 years from now. >> now it is finally here. for the first time this century it's lights out, hands up. ♪ we're gloeing in the dark >> for the first solar eclipse to hit america in 38 years right there with your cosmic block party. celebrating all across the path of this historic solar eclipse live coast to coast, it's the great american eclipse and the sensational journey starts right now. with david muir. reporting from inside the path of totality. in charleston, south carolina. >> 1:00 p.m. eastern, 10:00 a.m. pacific. hello everyone. our team is live across the country at this hour. that was "world news tonight"
anchor frank reynolds promising 38 years ago we would be back to cover this and here we are and proud to be here. let's go live to the sun just over lincoln city, oregon about to be eclipsed by the moon. if you look at the lower part of your screen you can see the clock. the key here is 1:16, our first max totality that will be coming from oregon. watch the clock. we'll be going live there. this whole path of totality will create a shadow 70 miles wide and as it moves it will cover a path 3,000 miles long and take just an hour and 33 minutes for the eclipse to cast that shadow which moves at 1,800 miles per hour. the total eclipse will span across 14 states this afternoon ending its journey north of where i'm standing in south carolina before heading out to sea. in a few moments the moon will pass directly between the sun, the earth completely blocking
all light and creating a black hole. the temperatures in that shadow could drop an average of 10 to 12 degrees. we'll see what happens with that today. millions of americans of course are waiting right now and the closer you are to that center line right there, right through the middle of that shadow, the longer you'll be in complete darkness known as totality but it's fleeting lasting up to 2 minutes, 40 seconds or so. 12 million americans live in this path of 100% totality. look how far it spreads to the north and south of the line. hundreds of millions will see some version of this eclipse today. we are in this together. we know many families have traveled where they will gather in small towns, farms and national parks all to watch this extraordinary site. we have an entire team of abc news correspondents live as the solar eclipse moves across the country. if you are one of the millions who traveled to see it or will see it in your backyard, we want you to be part of this special with us. share your pictures, videos with us and we'll try to get as many on the air as we can throughout
the next couple of hours. go to abcnews.com and you'll see right there how to do it. we can't wait to see what you capture. why is this happening today and why is it so rare? take a look at this. >> the earth rotates on its ax and the moon circles the earth every 31 days and they rotate around the sun every 365 days. the sun is 400 times larger than the moon but also 400 times further away. at that distance it makes the sun and the moon to be the same size which is why the moon completely covers the sun when their orbits intercept. this perfect alignment which create as total solar eclipse occurs about every 18 months. usually we don't see it because 70% of the earth's surface is water and usually happens over oceans or other countries and it's been 99 years since the
last solar eclipse was seen across the entire continental united states and it won't happen again until 2045. >> we have waited long enough. get ready. it's coming and you're about to see it live here on abc again. the time 1:04 eastern. the first totality at 1:16, max totality from oregon. questions of weather and clouds. where will it blow our minds today? where will the clouds break our hearts? i see a few clouds in charleston but i'm going to keep my fingers crossed here. let's bring in ginger zee in nashville. it's the largest american city to fall right in the path. you have been looking at the weather across the entire path, the ribbon across the country. >> reporter: that i have david. such an important forecast. probably one of the most important of the century truly. what i wanted to start out with, not only is nashville one of the biggest or the biggest city in the path, i venture to say it's
the biggest party. rooftops full along broadway. you can see them all the way down the streets. all my friend. this party on the rooftop at the iconic tootsie bar is just beginning. our partial eclipse only just began. we have a lot to talk about in the way of weather because it is a huge day. let's start with what it looks like in the pacific northwest. brilliant. they're seeing a lot of the eclipse. i want to show you the cloud cover. looking good through the rockies and idaho into wyoming and once we get into missouri and parts of nebraska you can see the storms blowing up and as we go back through the tennessee valley we have the daytime heating clouds, scattered storms at the coast where you are in charleston, david, but i have to say, no matter what the cloud cover, the party, the celebration, the unity of america and this beautiful celebration of science that i have loved my whole life, i can't detail more than i will today.
david back to you. >> yeah. really no question. we needed this moment in this country and nature's wonder is giving it to us. i want to look at this picture live from oregon. you can see the sun and the moon almost completely covering the sun now and keep in mind 1:16 is the key moment when there will be total darkness there. the first hint in the pacific coast. the totality of the eclipse 1:16 minutes away. it's going to last 1 minute, 58 seconds and then on the move across the country. meteorologist rob marciano is in lincoln city, oregon. you have got the glasses. we have awe do. we want to make sure every knows authorities aren't joking. they say wear eye protection and really mean it today. >> reporter: yeah. during the whole thing, david. i have these special glass, they have been giving out across the country. they look cheap but they are
mandatory viewing. you can see this eclipse in its entirety. it's nothing short of spectacular. when you see even partial eclipse across this country you want to take it in. it is a great american eclipse. hey, suzy and willie where are you? there's another way to watch this if you don't have these. that is to make a pinhole projector. you have a shoe box and what else? >> shoe box, paper inside, tin foil and a pinhole. >> and it works. and your mom was a physicist. your first eclipse? >> yes. >> you're pumped? >> yes. >> they got the glasses and the box. variety is the spice of life. go ducks. what do you got? welder's glasses? >> yes. >> that's serious business right there. can we see how they look? oh, yeah. they're styling. you are styling. are you excited for the eclipse sweetheart? >> yes. >> they're going to come fast and furious here. we're just a few minutes away
david and the clouds have been fickle here. it's not the ideal spot. that's why we don't have a massive crowd like the deserts but we are awaiting totality and we're seeing enough of a clearing to see it in just a few minutes. it's exciting. isn't it exciting guys? >> all: woo! >> 1776 was the last time we had a coast to coast eclipse, totally, exclusively to americans. how much more american can it get? this is the great american eclipse baby. hope you all take part of it. david. >> we'll be right back to you in a couple minutes so you can show us what you're seeing. we have all got these glasses here and you can see the setup and the lights. i put these on and you see nothing. when rob says put the glasses on and test the light with your iphone, that's a good indicator they're approved and you're in good shape. what's it going to be like? i thought we would check in with someone who experienced it
before? the science guy, the author of "the new york times" best seller everything all at once. he's in nebraska. bill, no question in your mind, this is going to change people today? >> i hope so. it's already started here. we can see it if you have the special glasses. it's getting dimmer and dimmer as the moon comes across the disc of the sun and notice something i got to say i didn't expect. are you guys excited. >> all: woo! yeah. >> a lot more people than i anticipa anticipateed are excited and you can feel the excitement building even though we're just a few percent into the occlusion, into the eclipse. it's thrilling to see so many people excited about this science. >> i want to ask you what's going to happen when darkness false? a lot of people wonder about the temperature drop, anywhere from
10, 12 degrees. animals being confused. wildlife perhaps and you'll be able to see a number of planets and stars. pretty significant change in that tiny window of darkness we'll witness here. >> well, it becomes night. so is it cooler at night that during the day? the birds and insects act as though it's night. so what happened here, the clouds just cleared and people are all putting on their special glasses and looking sky ward because the eclipse is apparent for this moment. we would turn the camera up toward it but -- oh, yes. the moon is coming across from -- on a clock faced would be about 1:30, 2:00 moving from upper right to lower left as we perceive it here in nebraska. just think about the diligence of astronomers able to predict this eclipse within less than a second and here we all gather to
celebrate our understanding of what i like to call our place in space. our place in the cosmos. it's just an exciting thing that the clouds cleared at this moment. >> a reminder of where our place is in the cosmos today. we'll be talking to you as the afternoon progresses. we want to go to the capitol of the eclipse. where the totality will last the longe longest. we'll talk about that in a bit. an astronomer in chicago and the incoming chair of astrology at the library of congress. i love this because you study this and know more about this than any of us out here but it's still your first eclipse? >> it's my first eclipse. i've seen a couple partials but i couldn't be more thrilled to be here today in the path of totality. what they're calling the
crossroads of the great american eclipse. this is a special thrill for me especially after years and years of studying the kinds of things that we'll be able to see with our naked eye when the sun is in totality. >> doctor, we'll be checking back in with you. she mentioned carbondale.le. it's about 2:40 seconds. one of the best places to experience the eclipse is solartown hoping for the best. they are pulling out all the stops for an expected crowd of 20,000. abc's matt gutman is joining the party there. matt, the crowd is really enormous. i've seen the traffic jams where people are trying to get there. >> reporter: 20,000 david just here in what's called solar fest. a spectator i spoke to had a different name for it. he said this is basically woodstock for nerds. you can see there are thousands of people arrayed here.
there are tent cities over there to the right. 5,000 tents over there. four people to a tent over there. there are campers, 100,000 people who have inundated this area. madras population, just under 6,000. an amazing spectacle here right here that has been converted into the world's prime viewing site. nasa is based here as well because this place should offer the most unobscured sight. it's almost so near that i could look into the sun. one hitch is there have been wildfires in the area. you might see mt. jefferson in the distance. still, where i'm looking almost directly at the sun it is pretty close. everybody has their glasses. these folks drove nine hours, a family of seven in a van. you guys ready? have your glasses on? people celebrating all sorts of things. there's a guy who will pop the question to his girlfriend.
sh, don't tell. people celebrating birthdays. folks drove over from boston. if you sense the enthusiasm in the crowd it's almost there and you can already feel the temperature drop, david. pretty amazing. >> well, i hope she says yes and i'm glad she's there and not at home watching. anyway, let us know what she says there. we love seeing that sun shining brightly on your face. that means they'll have a spectacular sight. they already have one in oregon. lincoln city, oregon, the first visible in the united states. 1:16. less than a minute rob. tell us what you're seeing. >> it's getting dark david. it is so spooky right now, right? the temperature is dropping. the excitement is growing here. i hope that we're going back and forth to the special camera that has this eclipse tonight. got to put my glasses on to witness this. we have just gone completely dark. at least by the way we see it.
no still a sliver left. would that be the diamond ring perhaps? just a sliver left. a little more. there it is. we have reached totality here. total eclipse of the sun. >> incredible. looking at the corona of the sun. the atmosphere of the sun. >> it is incredibly dark. the clouds certainly exacerbating that. this is beyond twilight. it's a spooky, spooky experience. what does it feel like? >> we came from los angeles just to see this with my nephews. we drove all the way from los angeles. >> that is commitment baby. welcome to the oregon coastline. how is it feeling seeing your first eclipse? >> it's amazing. i love it. >> and we need the lights to see all this. i got to check it out one more
time david. it is just absolutely spectacular. look how dark it is, how quiet it is. this is like being in the eye of a hurricane. it is spooky. it is spiritual. >> rob, america is watching this and when you -- when you see the corona around the sun there, rob, the atmosphere of the sun, talk us through the science of that. that's hotter than the sun itself. it's millions and millions of degrees fahrenheit. >> you know, you're talking about you have thousands of degrees fahrenheit but what we're seeing is the corona. the outer atmosphere of the sun which we don't get to see any other time. this is why scientists are launching balloons and they're so jazzed about this. we're able to see things we don't normally see with the exception of the eclipse. there's something -- it's almost like you can see solar flares coming out.
bailey's beads is something we saw earlier. the moon is not completely smooth. we're seeing the outer edges of the sun come over those valleys and mountains. that's why you see the star effect and different colors are happening right now. it's unbelievable. oh! the diamond ring! we're starting to see it. it's starting -- we're starting to get out of totality now david. that was our two minutes of ecstasy quite honestly. unbelievable. >> extraordinary. let people know at home how we're pulling this off with our photographers. i want to let folks at home, the photographers operating these cameras have to slide in a lens if you will into the camera to shoot up at the beginning of it and at the end but during totality they can actually pull that out. that's why you're seeing the shifting shades on your screen. rob, we're seeing on the other side here what happens. it's almost the exact reverse
and you talked about the bailey's beads shining down coming through the valleys. named after francis bailey who first figured out what that was. >> reporter: exactly. so much of science. the terms and names we rattle off, our pioneers that discovered them out there making things happen. now the sun is coming out and getting brighter and warmer. it's hard to describe what it's like. david, the rest of america is going to experience it now. fast and furiously. back to you. >> in fact, they are right now. let's go to madras, oregon. matt is standing by. matt talk us through it. >> it's hard to. i'm almost speechless. the crowd here is absolutely ecstatic. i'm going to have our cameraman turn down the lights. turn it off, glenn. let's see how dark it really is. it's pitch black here. this is the most incredible thing i've ever seen.
right now we're looking at the corona that's a million degrees. so much hotter than the surface of the sun. just about 6,000 degrees. you can see it right there. i'm going to come back to our folks here. you guys drove nine hours. >> awesome! >> this is the second most beautiful thing i've seen in my life. >> is that the first? >> i was thinking, yeah. >> smart husband right there. did you notice that. that is wisdom at work. i want to bring you to a friend of mine. this is spectacular. she studies astro physics. she drove here from boston. drove a car from boston. 3,000 miles. is it what you were expecting? >> no it's amazing. it's so dark. looks like a sunset over there. amazing. >> you can notice the temperature has gone down substantially. so much less radiation here bouncing up and heating us up
that it's chilly. folks are in their sweatshirts. >> because we knew it was going to drop something crazy over here. now we're warm and fine right carmen? >> yeah. >> this is a spectacular sight david. there are lights in the distance and jets flying by the corona. airplanes in the sky. that must be an incredible sight. this is lasting for 2 minutes and 4 seconds because we are in the crosshairs of that totality. it is happening right here and you can hear the cheers from the crowd as people watch that corona just radiate out. now, it might have been clearer had we not had the forest fires nearby. but an exceptional sight that people didn't expect to see. we have folks with their telescopes out here. he doesn't want to be interrupt interrupted. what do you think? >> it looks like it's nighttime. like a sunset all around.
>> what's astounding is that it continu continues. right now the sun is slowly being taken out of the shadow as the light increases. you can see it's like someone shining a spotlight on this field. there are thousands of people here. david, 100,000 people just outside of madras feasting their eyes on a spectacle many will never get to see anyone. back to you david. >> just incredible. 10:22 pacific time there. that's matt gutman and the team. let's go back to the shot. we literally saw it go dark for two minutes time. that was their max totality and the sun is back out. we are less than ten minutes away from our next moment of max totality in this country so we're going to take a break. the great american eclipse, our coverage continues live right here on abc right after the break. we'll be back. this is not a cloud.
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>> announcer: this is live coverage of the great american eclipse. ♪ we're glowing in the dark >> here again david muir. >> and you're looking right now at pictures moments ago at madras, oregon. an incredible sight as that total solar eclipse swept in over the pacific northwest. when the moon shadow arrived in oregon it was traveling at 3,400 miles per hour and as it left oregon it was traveling at 2,900 miles per hour. the distance between the earth and the moon, the moon is a little further away and the speeds will change as they come across the country. i want to bring in bill nye. that was stunning bill.
explain to us why those speeds change and why these moments are really so fleeting. this is traveling very quickly. >> say it again. something about why these moments are spectacular? because you can see the moon pass -- oh, why they're so fleeting? you were talking about the speed of the moon relative to the earth's surface. keep in mind every time you have a birthday you have gone around the sun about a billion more kilometers so in other words to do that you're going fast. so is the moon. so although the sun may be in a sense hardly moving relative to us in space, relative to the background stars, we are going like crazy around the sun and the moon is going like crazy around us. so these things only last for a little while. you can see it's raining here in nebraska. but if you really press the glasses to your forehead, you
can just get a glimpse of it and so we see a clear patch of clouds coming and we're all excited about that. the wind is blowing this way. but it's raining. but we're here people right? >> in the meantime, look at this. we're looking -- we're looking live in the lower corner of sun valley. yeah, 1 minute, 23 seconds now to the next totality as you can see there. just a sliver of the sun remains. you can see they're changing the lens on the camera. that's what they have to do before they can show you the total eclipse. let's go to sun valley idaho. olivia, what are you seeing? >> reporter: david, we're here, it's getting cold. every, are you excited. [ cheers and applause [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: when you look up david, you're seeing barely a
sliver of the sun, just barely a sliver up there and the sun was hot earlier here. it was fighting the eclipse and now it feels like nighttime overlooking this beautiful valley we have been seeing all day. now just a little sliver as the moon is taking over the sun. more than 1,100 people bought tickets for this event. so limited tickets. many people taking the chair lift to get to the top of the mountain. >> what a key moment this is as rob was talking about earlier, this is the moment as the sun begins to completely disappear when people will be looking for the so-called bailey's beads. bits of lights poking for the canyons and craters on the roughed up surface of the moon.
that's what you're seeing. they talk about the diamond ring. at the very last moment that blast of light. just listen to the crowd waiting for this in idaho. >> reporter: yeah. these people came all the way down from jamaica and traveled more than a day. you're seeing it right now. what's it like? >> it's awesome! >> oh, my god, i can't believe it. >> hi, america. >> we're actually seeing a solar eclipse. it's the first we have seen it. >> reporter: looking up it's beautiful. we're seeing the full moon covering the sun. you're right, david it has the diamond effect around it. angie you're from idaho and came down from boise, what's it like? >> it's amazing. this is incredible. so great. >> what do you think haven? >> so great. i've never seen anything like it.
>> david, people really excited. back to you, david. >> all right, thanks olivia. a stunning sight and the beauty of the colors. we only obviously experience this at sunset and now so many parts of the country will see it turn into night and day again within a matter of a couple of minutes time. next up, idaho falls. 1 minute, 53 seconds and eva pilgrim is standing by. this is the official observation site? >> that's right david. this is a rare opportunity for them to do experiments and to see the corona, the area around the sun that's so bright and so much hotter than the sun. they don't know why it's hotter and trying to figure it out. this gives them opportunity to look at it because the sunlight isn't blinding them and we are watching this as it goes now. it's getting skinnier and
skinnier and darker and cooler. there's a lot of people from all over the place. i'm going to pull my glasses off so i can talk to one lady here. this is fay. fay it's your 75th birthday? >> it is indeed and i'm here in idaho, falls for this wonderful eclipse. >> you came all the way from l.a. >> we did. >> why? >> because it was a totality place and nasa approved. >> looks like we are getting right up on it. it's getting smaller and smaller. we are seeing a major temperature drop. i had short sleeves on earlier and put this sweater on because it's cold and you don't want to be cold in the middle of it. these scientists are rolling on this video. they're going to have quite a bit of video watching to see. we're waiting to see if the diamond ring comes out and they actually told us after the diamond ring to look at the ground because you can see shadow bands. it's coming around. wow.
it's really quite incredible. the tinieiest bit of the sun go away and we are almost literally in totality now. there it is. cheer cheer [ cheers ] >> we can actually look at it. you can see the light around the sun coming around the moon there. it is an incredible image to see and the excitement for people here. everyone on their phones trying to catch a glimpse of the totality. this is the one time it's actually safe to look at it. they were telling us to look for the shadow bands and you can see some of them on the ground now. just an incredible sight. completely dark in the middle of the day. not like anything you could ever imagine seeing, david. >> you know, eva, what i have right here is that this -- go
ahead. >> reporter: what is interesting is they're launching balloons with bacteria in them because the statosphere above the earth at this time is like mars. they're trying to see if they can have life on mars and if that bacteria will survive. they're running all these experiments and watching out of this location. some really interesting things. >> yeah. a little cosmic geography. it's not only doing to the sun but what it's doing to the earth's atmosphere. just to keep in mind here, what eva is experiencing, this max totality is 1 minute, 48 seconds there. all these different spots, depending where you are in that 70-mile ribbon, that's what determines how long your totality lasts. let's go to the next picture. this is extraordinary. never eclipse the bride but let's go to the next location where one was determined -- look at this. she was determined to deliver her vows in the middle of the great american solar eclipse.
let's listen in. >> which they will make today and would love and patience help guide them through this new chapter of their lives together. now samantha's aunt judy larson will read a passage from an account of monte cristo. >> this is taking place in st. joseph, missouri. by some estimates, 500,000 people have come to joseph, missouri. that would be more than six times the population. they're not all there for the wedding obviously but this bride was determined to get married on this day at this moment. sara haines, you love a good wedding and somehow you scored an invite. >> reporter: i love a good wedding. i have just met this couple who impressed me with their love of science. but we're all crying now. she is so excited today for just the solar eclipse. if you look from her head to her toe she is all eclipse right
now. right now they walked out to a beauty and the beast theme. i guess she's one of three girls and each sister is a disney princess. she is belle and she got to walk out to a beauty and the beast song. she was just as excited for this moment as she was for the actual eclipse. if we get a little cloud she doesn't mind because weather is science too. she said if it's going to be stormy she wants a big storm. >> i love it. 6:28 to the next totality in wyoming. we'll be back shortly and she always wanted to be an as tron mist, that bride. now she's going to get married there. when we come back, this moment of unity across this country. we have said goodbye to oregon, we'll head to wyoming and nebraska. back in a moment.
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but when i look up i can actually see the sun beginning to be carved out by the moon. really kind of extraordinary. i wanted to look at it now because we are fighting with some clouds. you can actually see as it begins to happen. we want to get back to the part of the country that's seeing the moment. everything from churches, fairgrounds and we go to adrienne bankert. incredible thing about wyoming is all across the vast state, in gle glenndale, wyoming, it has been turned into a town of thousands. there's like 2,000 people on one of the air strips there. >> reporter: the population here in casper are 59,000. they anticipate 50,000 additional people. people from all walks of life, people from michigan, denver. i'm going to try to keep my glasses on here. people from just down the street and as far as new jersey. they're enjoying the excitement. if you look up there, you can
see people with their telescopes getting that high perspective but the sky has darkened, the temperature has dropped about 6 degrees and we know that people have come from far and wide across the continent. this area right here is called david street station. it's actually brand new. they built it so that people could enjoy the eclipse. it wasn't here days ago. a lot of people excited and the sun is getting darker and darker. i got to tell you you can feel the energy. it's palpable. >> we can feel and see it with you adrienne. totalities at 1:43. 30 seconds left before we see it go pitch black in casper. i'm joined by mike massimino who was with me this morning. it is happening -- you're right, you could hear the crowd. it's an extraordinary thing to witness here on earth.
>> everybody is energized. this is what they came for. it's like dusk. it's like twilight. >> just an extraordinary moment to share with you adrienne. all the people in wyoming. wyoming is a stunning state to begin with as we watch this happening in casper, it's 2 minutes now to the end of totality there. look at that. what a stunning sight. again, what i was saying is our photographer is changing the lenses out so they can show you that. it's really for their own safety because they're looking through the view finder to capture that moment for you. just think about the vastness of that state. yellow stone national spark. you're not seeing anything there but anyone there depending where you are in the park you're seeing this as well. what a stunning sight. i want to bring that sound up just to listen to the folks taking this in the.
. >> it's amazing david. it is like the glow from that corona is beautiful. and you can take your glasses off during the totality moment but people are taking their shots. the kids are seeing this, grownups for the first time. they have never seen a total eclipse in their lifetime. it's been 99 years since this happened in wyoming and it will be decades before it happens again. it's beautiful. absolutely stunning. >> it's amazing. >> you made the point. look at that shot. an extraordinary shot we just saw. obviously that's the corona around the sun which is the atmosphere around the sun which we normally don't see to the naked eye. it's only thin this moment whene have a coin on top of a coin right now and the moon is not nearly as large as the sun but because of its distance from earth it appears to be. that's how this magical moment happens. that is a beautiful picture. someone who knows this picture
better than me is mike massimino. you have been to space a couple of times. a couple of missions but there is nothing like all of these american families able to take this in themselves. they're all astronauts for a day. >> yeah, david. the one -- wonderful thing take place out in our universe and on our planet. you have some friends with you on your crew but a lot of friends are left behind on earth and your family is back on earth and you don't get to share it with them but this is a great way to share it together. >> mike, while i have you, we just saw the clearest we have seen it yet as we have been on the air and that is the diamond ring. it's that moment before it's done and right afterwards. right there you're seeing it. the flash of light. just so extraordinary. explain to folks why that's happening. we understand bailey's beads. the light coming through the craters of the moon. but what happens in the final second where we see the diamond
ring? >> what you're seeing is just that final blast of what's coming through the crater getting extinguished sbbefore get into tomato tality. all those things as you mentioned and the final diamond blast, those are all things the scientist use. we enjoy how amazing it is to be a part of this but the scientists are understanding more about solar flair and solar weather. this is a great event also for the scientists to get the information they dreamed about getting through this eclipse. >> mike massimino, arizo astronaut with us. we love having you on with us. in the meantime, right now the
number one song on itunes is "total eclipse of the heart" and that song should be on the play list at the wedding that sara haines is at. sara is talking to the bride. do we want to tell sara we're listening. sara, can you hear us? >> reporter: yes, i can hear you. sorry, david is here now. we want to hear a little more from you guys. what are you feeling? >> excited. >> stoked. unbelievably stoked. fantastic. >> it goes by so quick but even with the rain i couldn't be happier right now. >> i was saying how you appreciated the science of even the weather but it better go big. >> big. >> reporter: i heard a little thunder. >> i did. i love thunderstorms. >> reporter: here item co-s. >> it's going to get dark anyway and we'll feel the eclipse even though we can't see it. >> reporter: before we came out we did see parts of the eclipse
and able to step out. >> really? >> reporter: yeah. we could see the moon cutting in. the sun looked a little like pac-man. so we saw it. and the big important thing as you guys do that, it is happening. >> the rain we didn't anticipate. but thunder a little bit, perfect. >> my second choice. >> reporter: this weather was worse and someone told me it's love colliding in the skies. let's go with that. >> let's go with that. >> good luck. >> yeah. >> reporter: we'll send it back to you david. >> i love that sara. wish them well for us. listen, they know right there in joseph, missouri that the earth, the moon, the sun and two hearts aligned today. so they ought to be proud of that. next our cross country chase takes us to nebraska. you know america's answer to
stone hedge that all started with a family reunion back in the '80s. they're about to see this totality in 24 seconds. let's get to nick watt. what are you seeing or not? >> reporter: it is about to happen. it's getting darker and darker and darker. by the way, that family reunion where they built this thing, i've spoken to the family and they admitted they were a bit drunk. here they have it. it's happened. clouds streaming across the sky all morning. luckily they are not here right now. we have got so many people that have traveled here. this place is more than 200 miles from the nearest airport. not a hotel room to be found. we camped in an rv with 1,000 or so other people. it has just happened here. there is not a cloud over. oh, my goodness. look at that. i may be speechless.
>> just an extraordinary sight. that is what they call car hinge and nick you said they might have been a little inebriated when they put that together. 38 cars rescued from the dumps. they painted them all gray. but right now you can't see the color. you can just see the outline of them under that extraordinary moment there. >> reporter: and you know, they built car heng and had no idea it was going to be slap, bang in the middle of total eclipse. by the way, all of those cars, david, they're all american cars, perfect for our great american eclipse. >> i love that. >> i've never seen anything like this. >> i heard there -- i heard there wasn't a hotel room for over 150 miles where you are nick. you staying in one of those cars? >> reporter: listen, david. the nearest rv we could find was in oklahoma city.
so we had to drive that up from there. there is not a hotel room to be found anywhere. not a hotel room anywhere. you know, a real cross section of people here, people from the local area, a lot of people said they got crystals, kind of hippy types. just a delicious lovely atmosphere. people getting into it and having a great time seeing something that most of us have never seen before and most of us will never see again. and the weather played its part. no clouds. so happy. so happy i could cry. okay. and it's going to last for >> you could get away with crying. nobody will see it. it's almost pitch black. nine seconds until the end of totality for you. >> there we go. there we go, david.
okay. david. we're done here. the sun is coming back. it's being regurgitated. and there's a star in the sky that we can see. oh, beautiful. >> nick, will you say hello to the folks there in nebraska. one of the most incredible event in america. the first total solar eclipse in 99 years traveling from coast to coast across this country. it's also allowing us to see these amazing places. you know, car henge right there in alliance, nebraska. the invention of a family during a family reunion and nick said he had to travel with an rv from oklahoma city. when we come back the shadow of the moon passing through oregon, wyoming and nebraska and as we go to break with our coverage, a look at some of the images that
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this is charleston, south carolina just above where i'm standing right here and we had been a little nervous here in charleston. what a beautiful city. i can look up with my glasses and see the sun is almost cut in half by the moon. it's an incredible sight. i can see why people are going nuts across the country as they witness this for the first time in their lifetime. for many they haven't seen this and if you did it was 38 years ago. i should mention we are at the people's building here in charleston and it's an extraordinary building, even president taft came at the beginning of the last century to get the view of charleston. the best view of this city. we're looking forward to the progression. i'm not going to look up completely obviously at this point because it's already under way. i want to get back to matt gutman. we give you complete credit for helping us kick this off in such spectacular fashion and we knew
when we went to you and we could see the sun shining bright as you were reporting in, it was going to be a spectacular sight you witnessed. >> reporter: people talk about it and mentioned it seems like it's maybe twilight but it went dark as if somebody shut off the light, the temperature dipped and the crowd just roared with delight because nobody could ever fathom something this eery. one of the kids i spoke to, logan, said that he was worried that the sun wouldn't come back so he started crying. there's another reason for people to be crying right now, and that is this traffic jam that is brewing. madras has a population of about 5,500 but there are 100,000 people plus who have inundated this town and this traffic jam started precisely as the eclipse ended. people already had packed, gotten into their cars and headed out. some have a long drive. where you guys headed to. >> beaumont.
california. >> how long is that? >> 14 and a half hours. >> how long do you expect it to take you? >> about 20 hours. >> was it worth it. >> yeah! >> it was for me, too. everybody is leaving here happy even though they are braving this traffic jam and it took a lot four hours to get in just to this location at solar fest and it's going to take them a lot longer to get out of here, david. i think they're going with a smile. so that's all that really counts, david. >> nobody is honking for you to get out of their way. >> no. they may run me over. we'll see. >> they're not going to run you over. you're matt gutman. i love how he asked was it worth it and the whole family shouted through the windows it was absolutely worth it. they had the clearest view so far. i want to head to illinois. southern illinois university t.j. holmes is there and there's a lot of focus on carbondale
because of the longest totality. when we talk about long, it's a fleeting moment across the country but talking 2 minutes, 40 seconds t.j.? >> yeah. that's more than anybody else. we'll take it. there is a party going on here. you daughtcaught me where they put on michael jackson's "billy jean" and people are moonwalking. this is saluki stadium. this place sold out. now the seats are starting to build up. the reason this is such a big deal here in carbondale, because this is the place where we are going to get the longest totality. like you said around 2 minutes, 41 seconds in this particular area. that's why people came here. the other reason this is the eclipse capital is because this is considered the crossroads because the path of totality for this one goes this one, the path
for the next one in seven years goes that way and carbondale sits right in the middle. the crossroads because literally the x marks the spot where both total eclipses we're going to see today and then in the next seven years are going to pass through here. we did have an issue. i have to let you know we can get a shot because the sun is not out. we have a partial eclipse but we have got clouds in the area. people are starting to get a little nervous that these could pose a problem for us. hopefully they will break. 15,000 people. you have some seats that sold for 10,000 bucks. they sold this place completely out. a lot of people would be very happy to get the lights off right now and get the sun blocked because it's been about 95 degrees out here for the past couple of hours. we have had several people have to go check in with the medical tents. it is a blaze out here but now people are in their seats getting ready for their moment to shine in what they are calling the eclipse capital,
david. >> well, we can't wait. we'll check back in with you. you got some time. not until 2:21 there. about 2:01 eastern. so about 19 minutes. hopefully the skies will clear for you. that's an important point he makes. it's called the capital of the eclipse because it's right in the path of totality and will be again in 2024 about seven years from now. we'll have that list later on in the special. we're too busy dealing with this eclipse right now. when we come back we'll head to kentucky, tennessee. how will it play out there? the great american eclipse right here live coverage on abc continues right after the break. back in a moment. >> announcer: abc news the great american eclipse is sponsored by mitsubishi and coming up a first look at the all new 2018 mitsubishi eclipse cross.
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♪ welcome back to live coverage of the great american eclipse here on abc. that of course is the wedding party from joseph, missouri. max totality at 2:07. so they are about a minute away. 8 seconds away from max totality there in st. joseph, missouri. talk about a way to kick off a reception. >> wow. >> wow. >> this is nuts. >> we just want to listen in as this wedding party takes in total darkness after the marriage there of cameron kuhn and samantha adams. as you heard earlier, samantha
has been planning this, that they would say their vows in this moment. so many people have come to joseph, missouri. there was one bed and breakfast there, shakespeare chateau bed and breakfast, she had no idea this event was going to happen until a phone call three years ago from someone in spain, they wanted to bring their family to america and stay there and that's how she knew there was this eclipse coming and they were in the path of totality there in joseph. i want to bring in dr. wawowicz. this is your first eclipse witnessing it from the ground. i'm curious your reaction to watching day turn into night? for so many of us who never get the chance obviously to do what you do. >> it's incredible. it's absolutely incredible. you know, as an astronomer i've gotten to use amazing telescopes but something really primal and amazing about seeing something,
an event like this happen with the naked eye and right now we have a couple -- i'll explain chicken with us but i think they'll go away. because we're very, very close to totality. i'm thrilled to actually have this opportunity to see the sun's outer layers, as we never get to see it with our naked eye. so the crowd is really filled in. >> we really don't. >> i just couldn't be more excited. >> folks at home are actually watching the live picture from st. joseph. that was just a sliver of the sun left. doctor, you were talking to us about the kcorona which is the outer most layer of the solar atmosphere. this is something we don't see with the naked eye except for this and we have just seen that diamond ring on the backside of the total eclipse in st. joseph, missouri which is just another sight to behold. >> it's amazing. you know, the corona really plays an important part for us
here on earth. that outer extended layer is millions and millions of degrees and responsibible for what we cl space weather, the kinds of energetic events on the sun. interact with our own planet's magnetic field and sometimes create deleterious effects like disruptions and telecommunications or gps satellites. this is not only a wonderful opportunity for everybody to come together, anybody with the ability to see the sky today and appreciate this wonderful event, it's also an opportunity to understand something and gain dine scientific insight that might help us better understand them so we can shore up our infrastructure and remain safe. >> we want to stick with this live picture in the corner. the length is supposed to be about 2 minutes, 38 seconds. i want to
we have been taking in some of these things we don't typically get to see. to add to what we were just talking about, the corona is far warmer than the sun's surface itself. is it not, doctor? >> that's right. it's about a million degrees and it's sustained indefinitely. that's one of the big questions. how is it that the 6,000 degrees surface of the sun can maintain its million degree atmosphere? it has to do with the actions of magnetic fields. one that has to do with waves and the process called nmagneti reconnection. >> talk to us a bit about the shadow bands. we're not seeing it there but a sliver of the sun left. that is depending on the cloud cover in the area. a lot of folks have witnessed this already over the course of the afternoon and the late
morning if you're watching us in the west. but it's similar to those sort of spaghetti lights in the bottom of a pole that you see, the shimmering in the middle of the sun that can be the length of a football field. what is that about? >> yeah. so just like when we look up at the sky and look at stars, the stars twinkle and the reason why is as the light passes through the atmosphere, the atmosphere has different layers and it causes the light to change directions and light travels as a wave. so it can add to itself and sometimes you get bright areas and sometimes dark areas when it adds. what we're seeing on the ground is the thin crescent of the sun is almost like a star, almost a pinpoint of light and that pinpoint as it travels through the atmosphere delivers these effects. >> whatever it is, it is absolutely stunning. the doctor is in casper wyoming.
we'll be checking back in with you. thanks so much. i want to bring in meteorologist ginger zee who can watching these images. she's in nashville, tennessee which happens to be along the route of totality. here in charleston, i had to put on my glasses and do a status check. we could actually see -- yeah, you can see right through the clouds there it's like partial sun. i'm curious what you're seeing right there in nashville? >> reporter: you know, david, i put my glasses on with you because i can't stop staring. everybody around me put your glasses on and just look at this. it is beyond the pac-man. you can almost look like the sun is the crescent of a moon. we have seen between clouds here some of the most beautiful visions already. i love this part of nature and science. it's funny because everybody was kind of drinking and talking and then everyone started to look up. and they said i've got to take this in. this moment. we actually have a drone in
nashville so we can capture all of the parties on the rooftops that have gone a little quieter. we're less than 20 minutes away from totality here. we're also playing checicken wi a couple of clouds. i can feel my heartbeat because i'm so excited. david. >> ginger i wanted to ask you about the temperature shifts that we have been told about. >> reporter: i can't hear you but what you can see right now is lower broadway. construction is still going on because people are still having to be at work. people were tweeting me saying i've got to adult today. let me show you around. everybody has glasses on. ah, it is just stunning to see that yellow image with that moon so close to overtaking the sun. again, going beyond our earth, going beyond the atmosphere that we love so much. just to let you know temperature-wise we have seen a
drop already here and we haven't even gotten to totality yet. might feel like 10 degrees but it's been 3 so far. we will see up to 10 to 12 degrees depending how dry the area is. david, what a beautiful sight to begin to take in. i cannot wait. just a couple of minutes left until totality here in nashville, tennessee right in the path, the biggest city. it's not going to happen for another 500 years so we better get this in. >> get it while we can! >> the party is on david. >> thanks so much ginger. we know you live for this. the only thing that can sort of calm the mood -- there you go. there's some of the classic nashville noise. the only thing that can calm for a time is waiting for this eclipse. next up, carbondale, illinois. we had checked in with t.j. holmes and this is the capital of the eclipse. they're going to be in the route next time as well. he was worried about the cloud cover. as you can see, 5 minutes, 24
seconds now to maximum totality. a giant crowd inside that stadium. look. i can see sunshine on your face. i'm pretty excited. >> reporter: well, don't get too excited about the sunshine david. you hear the crowd getting excited for a particular reason. let me give you a shot of the crowd. they're looking up because this might be the only and best shot of it they get david. i just checked in with a meteorologist friend of mine. you see that big cloud cover. they believe it's going to take 10 to 15 minutes for that thing to get through. now that would mean we are being covered here right now at the exact moment of totality. right? that would be a problem. because this has been ground zero. this has been the capital as you have been saying for very good reason. 2 minutes and 40 seconds. the longest period of totality that anywhere in the country is supposed to see. you've got 15,000 of your
friends and then they don't exactly get to see the show. it's going to get dark and they'll get that experience but to look up at the sun and to get that experience, well, folks are getting nervous that they might not get that. you see a little break in the cloud. meteorologist friend of mine over at the weather channel says if that moves up a bit, we might get a couple of minutes or maybe a few seconds. right now we're nervous about it. i want to bring she said something that startled me. she wanted to know is it okay to go crazy and scream because right now they sound disappointed? >> we have this cloud teasing us. there is a tiny. oh, my god, i can see it. yes. we can see just a tiny little sliver of the sun left. we are just moments away from
totality. this is an incredible sight and the crowd is absolutely going insane. >> reporter: they're going insane because they know they might not get a whole lot. all right. and it's pretty cool to hear the crowd start to rumble the way they are rooting for the totality. again, we're keeping an eye on these clouds. this might unfortunately david, i'm sorry and sad to say this might be the only glimpse here, just a few seconds and not the 2 minutes and 40 seconds. doctor, how does this change what you're able to study if the clouds -- it will still get dark and cool but we won't be able to see and you guys won't be able to study like you thought you might? >> from here we won't be able to see the outer layer of the extended corona. i think we might still see it. keep a positive attitude t.j. we have a couple minutes here. there's some gaps in those clouds. >> reporter: david, we might be
getting luck can david. there's a break in the clouds we're seeing and a huge, pretty significant cloud but we are getting a gap here. we might get this totality here in just a moment. if you all can help me, i don't have the countdown when it's supposed to be the total eclipse but we haven't -- it's starting to get a little dark and feel a little different in the stadium here and we're starting to get that experience. let's put the glasses back on here because we are getting that gap. we're hearing the crowd get so excited. they absolutely know this might be their only shot. they only came here because it's supposed to be the longest stretch of time in the country. people came here from thousands of miles around. i'm only getting 2 minutes and 45 seconds and now not. >> the shadows, this is one of the unappreciated things. the shadows become very sharp. looks really strange. much different. really that light is coming from
all around you >> can you hear me? >> david is trying to talk to you. >> can you hear me? >> i can. >> this is just really incredible because in all of the preparation for this great american eclipse, t.j. you know what i'm talking about is so many scientists said it has to do with a fleeting moment and whether or not a system is passing by with a particular type of cloud that's going to be stubborn and you guys have brought us into the drama. you have got 45 seconds there and it all depends on the weather system above you. >> and it's getting incredibly dark right now. we're getting a huge change in the light and that little sliver is going away. >> reporter: if you guys can see this. they're instructing us in the control room to put your glasses on.
right now we have a pretty obstructed view of the sun right now. it's barely peeking through one little gap but covered by clouds. i have these glasses on and i cannot see a thing up there. we are hitting that moment of totality. even if you can't see the sun being blocked out right now we're experiencing this all around us. go ahead. my photographer here can show you the crowd. we have 15,000 people gathered for this party and they're feeling these effects. it just turned to night and people are taking this in. a lot of people have the cameras out. just kind of in awe of the moment. i said this earlier, when this started this ceased being a work assignment. you become a kid again feeling like you're in science class again. all around us darkness has fallen without question. but unfortunately not getting the experience of having these glasses on. go ahead, my man.
>> we talked about this earlier and mentioned the areas in america where your mind is going to be blown and where your heart can be broken by the weather system. i got 1:48 of max totality in carbondale and folks are feeling this moment with everybody in that stadium just hoping for the cloud to pass because you see huge chunks of blue sky above you. we're with you on this. i should mention for people watching our coverage is that this city is one of the very few cities in the path of totality just a few years from now in 2024. the sort of a rare thing. the next path will be from the south in texas coming across from mexico and straight up to the northeast. almost an opposite of what we're seeing this time. >> reporter: yeah. we got seven years. they got to wait seven years and come back and try again. but that's what we have in this moment. this was such a buildup and i'm
telling you -- you know, you have been covering and talking about this all day and just what everybody put into this, a once in a lifetime event for people. here in carbondale it's a once in a seven year event. if there was any place not necessarily not going to see it maybe it's this place and maybe they'll come back again in seven years but right now you can't tell. there's disappointment. there you go. we're starting to get a little break in the cloud. you can't update me about the clock. we might be under 30 seconds left of totality. we got a cloud really messing with us right now david. >> oh, we feel your pain. 18 seconds left. if anything changes t.j. we'll come back to you. as you mentioned any place they can handle the clouds or a moment of indecisive weather -- >> there it is. >> oh, you can see a little sliver. look. five seconds left. >> that's it.
>> look at that. just a hint right there. just before it ended. what an extraordinary gift right there in the last final few seconds. >> we'll take it david. we'll take it. >> all right. t.j. we'll come back in just a moment. i want to get to kelly, kentucky. clayton you had an amazing report from there over the weekend. it's known this particular place in kentucky because of something that happened back in 1955 on this very day. i can see the bright sunshine that has an excellent moment on the way of totality. if you can see the sun you're about to see nighttime hopefully. >> reporter: that's right. it is rapidly getting darker as we approach totality. this eclipse happens on the 66nd anniversary of what many believe was an alien encounter just a
few hundred yards from here which is why we have a few little green men and big green men to join us here today. this has been such a celebratory mood here. really a nationwide block party. people have been coming from all over. the hopkinsville kelly area. people have come from 47 states and 20 countries, even from africa there are visitors here. we met a couple from sweden. it is now getting much, much darker here. i'm going to step out of the way and put on my glasses for a second. just a tiny, tiny sliver of the sun left here david. and we are in darkness. >> you got 14 seconds. >> there it is david. >> you keep your eye to the sky there with your glasses. two seconds until totality.
and just look at the reaction in kelly kentucky. the length of their totality is about 2:30 to the end of their totality. you can see everybody with their phones there and their eyewear. normally about 3,000 people in kelly, kentucky. tens of thousands are there now to take this in. >> about 32,000 in hopkinsville but expected 150,000 people to show up. i think they have david. this is one of the points of greatest eclipse and they have been planning for this for a very, very long time. ten years in hopkinsville and i want to talk to angela here from college in new york. you have been planning for a long time? >> since we were ten to come here. >> reporter: ten years old. you're 20 years old now and you have been planning this for a
decade. >> for a long time. >> reporter: why was it so important for you to be here today? >> because we made it so long ago that it meant that our friendship would last forever. >> we didn't know we were going to be friends ten years ago. >> we go to college in two different states now. it's just wild that we're here. >> reporter: how does it feel to see this now now that you have waited 10 years? >> i literally have chills. the greatest moment ever. >> reporter: you're shaking. >> oh, my god. i'm shaking. >> this is insane. >> this is the most incredible thing i've ever seen. it's a once in a lifetime moment. >> unbelievable. look at that. >> david, as i look up here we can actually see the planet venus, the planet venus is in the sky. in the night sky here at almost 2:30 in the afternoon. work see venus here in kelly, kentucky. >> i love the fact that you can
see venus. talking about the fact that you can see stars, planets in many parts of the country, mercury, jupiter, venus. as he just mentioned venus in the middle of the day in kelly, kentucky. he can't see this nor can the little green monsters who dressed -- they have got about eight seconds left. keep your eyes on the image to the left of your screen. as we watch nighttime turn back into daytime in kelly, kentucky. this is also one of the clearest moments we have seen since we came on the air about an hour and a half ago. >> reporter: the weather has been clear. we had a few high clouds but otherwise crystal clear blue skies. the temperature dropped 8 degrees since earlier in the
day. >> i see some of the green monsters have reappeared. >> reporter: they have and if i could have them part here. guys, we can show you behind -- we have got a little spacecraft that has landed here in kelly. >> spacecraft. i love it. we're going to come back in a second because i can't miss ginger zee in nashville. she's been waiting all afternoon. it's approaching isn't it ginger? >> reporter: it is so close david. here we are on top of the rooftop and there is a cloud that is just above us right now but i got to show you everybody has poured out of the honky tonks and standing in the street ready for the moment of their life. we are so excited and i'm telling you we are going to come down to the wire. we're playing chicken a lot like t.j. was. i loved hearing all of the coverage and seeing it. we have been watching everybody else. you came all the way from --
>> from the u.k. to come and see this event, solar eclipse. >> reporter: we are moments away and that cloud is just so close. >> it's amazing. drove over 4,000 miles to come and see this. >> reporter: what are you feeling right now? >> amazing. i can't believe it. >> it's a religious experience. >> reporter: feels as if it's gone to nighttime because it's cooled down considerably. >> like the temperature in england. like back home. >> reporter: we are so close david. this image above us is not yet stunning because it is almost heartbreaking at this point. guys, we still have time. we have got just a couple of seconds yet. you can see the lights here in nashville from our drone above. the party is ongoing. no matter what happens, you can feel the energy and excitement. i can see the pink and almost as if it is just twilight.
ah, it's coming back. we're starting to see the edges of the clouds light up again. so close here. >> can we see what you're looking at ginger? >> reporter: the light is coming back. are you guys doing all right? >> we're good! >> yes! >> reporter: apparently it doesn't matter. i think the couple libations may have helped. i can't hear you david but i will head back in until we see something again. >> as daylight reappears in nashville. they could handle a few clouds. five state capitals including nashville today. >> reporter: i can feel the energy of nature and i've been really fortunate to be able to see very close up tornados in the past and people are describing what they're feeling. a strange joy when you see nature has that power and energy and i think that's what a lot of
people are starting to describe here. we can see the rays coming through. you see those angelic rays coming through those clouds. the temperature has dropped at least 7 degrees. even if we didn't see the full image it is still such a gorgeous moment and almost like we're at sunrise again. doesn't it? it's as if we passed an entire day. that was a quick day everybody. that was fast. let's head back in. >> ginger our thanks to you. we might be up against the same challenge here in charleston, i'm going to look up right now because i can't see a thing in front of me but i can see up to the sky and for the first time in about an hour we can't see anything through the clouds. so we might be faced with the same sort of moment that ginger had. you saw what happened with t.j. you had the entire stadium filled in carbondale, illinois which is going to see another solar eclipse in 2024. one of the raritierarities.
and the sun came out at the very last second. when we come back, only one more state to go to view a total eclipse, south carolina here we come as we take you to break. we thank you for sending in your pictures and images. we're going to show what many have captured throughout the day as our coverage of the great american eclipse -- that's vice president dick cheney with his hat on. you can see the eyewear elsewhere. senator lindsey graham taking a moment from capitol hill to take in the great american eclipse and some of the faces around this country. little guys staying home from school today. across the south they had a dilemma that school has reopened. whether or not to take the day off. in charleston, they allowed them to stay home. it was a dilemma for some schools. i say take the day off. this comes only once. it's been 99 years since we waited for this. the great american eclipse on
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♪ back now with abc news coverage of the great american eclipse. this is time lapse from madras, oregon. you can see how quickly day turned to night and then back. we saw moments ago that massive traffic jam, people trying to get out but they were smiling. our correspondent there matt gutman asking the families some who have traveled 14 hours to get there was it worth it and they were unanimous from inside the car. they saw a sight to behold as so many have across the country. i want to get back to ginger zee
in nashville. we're facing a similar -- actually we're seeing the sun. we're seeing the sun. so i'm going to look at the sun and toss it to you. >> reporter: i'm still hearing people say it was amazing and it was a once in a lifetime event that happened for so many people. i have to tell you our sponsor mitsubishi is taking full advantage. they took their brand new 2018 mitsubishi eclipse cross and put it in the path of totality just outside salem, oregon. they have taken cameras and put angles on this car with the eclipse in the background from all different angles. abc is getting this exclusive look before, during and after the eclipse. these images are something that will come together for a whole campaign. >> we have a great shot in charleston of the sun. >> reporter: david, we'll head back to you now. . >> ginger, thanks so much. reporting in from nashville all
afternoon. they got a little cheated an weren't able to see the eclipse itself but saw it turn pitch black in nashville. i want to show you the sky above me in charleston. we're playing a game with the clouds here too. you can see a sliver of the sun. you can see right through those clouds and we are not far from max totality here. it's 2:38. we have got less than 10 minutes before it actually gets put to the test here. but we're like so many communities across the country who are waiting to see whether or not we'll see this natural wonder. carbondale, illinois at the last second the clouds cleared and were able to see it. in nashville right before it was a game with the clouds. but you're looking live that was just aerials of charleston behind me. beautiful city. we are surrounded by big puffy white sort of cumulous clouds. i want to go back to columbia,
south carolina. where the last state before this great american eclipse heads out to sea. as we mentioned before, it's happened once a year but we often don't see them because they're over water and we were lucky this year. let's go to president trump at the white house right now. they're getting ready to look out over the south lawn. a reminder that so many of you at home watching us know that even if you're not in the path, that 70 mile wide path, it looks like he's heading back indoors is he not? even if you're not in the path, so much of this country is experiencing this today, if it's not a total eclipse, it's partial anywhere from 20% to 100%. cities like atlanta seeing 90% coverage. you can see them looking up from the balcony with their glasses on. the president behind that pillar there. there he is coming out with melania the first lady. melania trump emerging as they
take in what is a breath taking view. i hope somebody gave the president and the first lady some approved glasses by nasa. we do know that south carolina is the next and last state before it heads out to sea and i want to check in with rachel scott. perhaps you can give us a taste of what we're up against too. what are you seeing? >> reporter: skies here were a bit cloudy and people were very concerned but now those skies have cleared. we are getting a clear view. the party got started with a baseball game behind me. but of course, today is all about the eclipse and the totality of it. so i'm going to put on my glasses and get a look here. and we are almost there. i can tell you just a slither is left. we are less than probably 10% here. i want to talk to doug standing next to me. doug, this is not your first time seeing an eclipse?
>> no it is not. >> reporter: when was the last time you saw one? >> last time i remember was 1970. i was visiting cousins in boston. it was a partial eclipse but it got cold all of a sudden as it is now. we were saying what happened and we realized it was the eclipse. >> reporter: we do feel it getting cooler. as you know, david, it is very hot. the crowds are starting to cheer. putting our glasses back on as we are getting closer and closer to that totality. just a little bit of a way to go. a lot were concerned because of the heat. extremely hot in south carolina but we're feeling the temperatures dropping down right now and we are seeing it. we're almost there. you can hear the crowd here. so excited to see this full totality.
here we go. just a little bit more to go here, david. and there we have it. we are in complete totality. everyone is taking off their glasses right now. you can see a lot of kids yelling and screaming. they are very excited as we reach the full totality here in columbia, south carolina. the totality is expected to last 2 minutes and 30 seconds and we are just taking this all in basking in this right now. what a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of the people that are here in columbia, south carolina that traveled from all over the country and frankly all over the world for this amazing and incredible sight. >> rachel, we can tell you have got 1 minute, 55 seconds left of max totality in columbia, south carolina. you can see it on your screen right there. they're all gathered in the stadium and it's gone dark there. so many children and families gathered. we should mention columbia, south carolina is one of five state capitals. this is so rare.
one of the most tweeted, they say probably the most viewed natural wonder ever when it comes to the solar eclipses because of the number of populated cities that were in the path of these total solar eclipse in america. you have got columbia, south carolina, nashville, jefferson city, missouri, you had salem, oregon, lincoln, nebraska, all the state capitals right in the path. it is pitch black in columbia. the capital of south carolina. as we look at the pictures you can see the corona around the sun there. rachel's smile as well. i want to bring in on the phone as we're looking at these pictures bonnie tyler. last i checked bonnie, your song from the 1980s was the number one song right now. >> hi. >> on itunes. >> did you ever think that was about to happen again? >> well, that doesn't -- well, you know, just a couple of weeks ago it hit 300 million mark and
that was before the eclipse. but it's amazing. >> we should mention that -- >> and fabulous. >> we should mention -- >> c'mon everybody. ♪ turn around >> and again. ♪ turn around bright eyes >> me and the split screen with bonnie tyler is something i thought i would never witness. total eclipse of the heart is the most downloaded song now. and right now for obvious reasons. we love the song in the '80s and we love it in 2017. have a great time on that cruise with that crowd. i want to show you what we're seeing here in charleston. if you look up, you can actually
see right here in south carolina that is the view that we're looking at right here. as we now approach -- we have 1 minute, 35 seconds until the next totality which is where i'm standing in of course, charleston. we just watched it in columbia, the state capital. what an extraordinary sight they saw in that stadium. i'm surrounded by an incredibly gifted crew but no one is looking at me. they are looking at the sky as they should be. they're all capturing the moment and we are standing on the people's building appropriately enough here in charleston. and i mentioned earlier in the program president taft came to this rooftop in the 1920s because it was one of the best views in this great american city and now we are taking in the great american eclipse. the final stop in a big city at least here in the continental united states before this great american eclipse heads out to sea. it is pitch black.
you can hear cheers throughout the city. you probably can't hear at home but as we stand on the rooftop of this building. we have gone into complete darkness. we have watched this play out in so many cities across this country before it even got to us and there's nothing you can do to prepare for it. it is just breathtaking. people are applauding throughout the harbor. and anyone who has ever been to charleston knows it's one of the prettiest cities in america. they were so excited and so welcoming everyone who helped put this production together on this rooftop. and they are now taking it in. if we can look up and we could see that we are now in a total eclipse. you can see the corona around the sun which is one of those rare moments where we here on
earth with the naked eye can actually see that outer atmosphere of the sun. which we all know is a lot warmer than the sun itself. and we're of course, waiting for as it now comes out of totality in about 56 seconds or so. we'll see the diamond ring again and we have seen it play over and over again the diamond ring and bailey's beads obviously named after francis bailey. the great astronomer who first coined the sunlight peeking its way through the valleys and craters of the moon and that's what creates the beaded effect. here it comes. we have got 25 seconds left here in charleston. you can see how blessed the folks of charleston are and how we feel. look at the cloud cover. we did not know whether or not
this would work for us or not. but we are seeing it. it's quite visible to the naked eye. we're watching this with so many scientists who joined us today. former astronauts. i want to bring in dr. ashay. as you take in this image, what do you make of the fact we have been able to witness now the diamond ring, the flash of light as now darkness and nighttime turns back into daylight here in charleston? what an extraordinary thing to witness. >> it completely is. i've been chasing eclipses for over a decade and typically it's in places that are far flung around the world, the south pacific. it's a small group of people that travel all over the world to visit these. but now, here we have had one coast to coast across america, the country has come together and we have all celebrated and participated. it's like a big sporting event
except it's a big science event. >> i've got to tell you i'm really struck by the luck that kicked in across this continent from the west coast to the east coast. with the exception of nashville. they were such good sports about it. but the clouds parted ways just when it mattered most in so many cities along the path to allow americans see something we haven't seen in 99 years. we saw the last one in '79, 38 years ago. this is so unique. it's only the united states. we're call it the great american eclipse because only the continental united states is seeing this today. >> it goes from the west coast to the east coast. it is indeed a very, very rare event. here we are all to witness it. we're at a time we have all this technology and this means that not only the people on the line of totality get to see it, but it gets to go into homes all
around the world. everyone gets to share in the excitement and in the beautiful views. if you're on the line of totality you get the full experience. you get to experience the sun going dark. you get to experience the air getting cool. you get to see the shadow of the moon racing across the countryside. it's really something and so amazing, you understand why people travel all over the world to see them. i'm one of those people. and now i think many more are going to be inspired to join us. >> you know, it really puts us in our place as far as our role in the cosmos doesn't it? the fact that we here on earth are part of something much bigger. >> that's right. we are. we are the universe itself. we are the universe become conscious and able to witness itself. today we witnessed something extraordinary. we're really connected to the sun and the moon. because it all started at what we call the solar neb la and as
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