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activity on the sun. one of the things we don't understand why is at certain times there is more activity than other times. this is a quiet time for the sun, you're getting a pretty good look at something that is not as active as crazy as is it k be sometimes. >> it is now 2:00 in the east. 1:00 p.m. in lincoln, nebraska. >> many of us have been left at this desk and in the field, literally speechless. the darkness, it first arrived in oregon. it has since made it's way across wyoming, now arriving in nebraska, but folks, we're just halfway there. millions of people still anxi s anxiously awaiting it's arrival including president trump that will be watching with the first lady from the truman balcony at the white house.
a full team of reporters covering this thing from coast to coast. an analysis of what americans can see if they are in the path of totality or not. our forecaster and weatherman, sam champion here with me for the course of the afternoon. he is with me still, and so are a number of reporters in just a moment. mr. brokaw said witnessing it in montana, it was as if he was seeing the birth of time. sam, is this your first? >> i saw a partial in 79. in those days, we did the little viewer where you take a white card or two white cards that are in men's shirts or where ever, and you sandwich them. you put the sun to your back and you shine it through the card. and that is a very safe way to view the shape of an eclipse.
you see that right there in shadow form. you see white light and dark shadow cross in front of it. if you don't have the glasses, you can do it that way. many people will say you can see it through the shadow of the trees. you can still see the shadow and the shape of the sun and the eclipse. >> this is the low country there in charleston, south carolina. i imagine this cloud cover has a lot of folks on the ground a little worried. >> let me tell you, i'm looking up rather than at the camera, i'm only going to see this once in my life, craig, and we're waiting for those brief few seconds when it comes in and out of the clouds and the crowd gets excited and then you hear like a o ohh -- when the clouds come across. i'm getting a pretty good view
here with my special classes gl. we have boats on the harbor. people all gathered here, a fire boat out here as well. look at all of the folks looking to go total darkness here in charleston, south carolina. we're still a good 42 minutes or so away from that be it is awfully, i'll tell you what is really nice, august in charleston, south carolina, is hot and sweltering and it has been one of those days, it feels like you're in a hot soup mix right now, we have started to notice the temperature is dropping slightly, which is welcome relief has we have the really think of it here. so a drop in the temperature, they're saying 10 to 15 degrees.
so you're seeing the light of the sun peak through those craters and those valleys. they look like pearls or glowing beads. . you should not be looking at this thing without protective glasses on. jeff lawson told us last hour, these glasses are in short supply. you should not under any circumstances be looking at a partial eclipse. it will do damage to your retinas. i want to put that out there at
the top of the hour. we are akroeching. lincoln nebraska is under way there. this is nebraska, i noticed you have your glasses here. >> these were really hard to come by. we have to thank the nbc medical news unit for getting these glasses for us. you may have seen that folks were saying i don't have my glasses. this beautiful space event is also an economic event. we've been hearing from small town mayors saying this is the biggest economic event that our town has ever seen. if you are trying to get that last minute view of the ellipse,
you might be out of luck. >> this eclipse is still going strong. it started here roughly an hour ago. the left side of your screen again. this is nebraska, we just saw totality there. my producer in my ear, not someone who is typically moved by a lot in general, he just said with the "wow." i tell you right now, in columbia, i have sfrends in charleston as well. i hope that the weather shoulds out and cooperates and they're able to fully appreciate and enyou what he looks likes of americans have been able to enjoy in the next hour or so. again for folks that might just be joining us. this is the first total eclipse in the united states of america, and all since 1979, and even
that one, that one moved very quickly through the pacific northwest. here we have one marching through some 14 states. people living in this path of totality, what was that, guys? do we -- oh, costello, we have tom with an astronaut down there. >> not an astronaut are you? >> no. >> but you have real exper cease. >> i'm the chief technologyist at nasa. craig's mom lives not far from here. we have cloud cover right now. that is a little disappointing, but we're still disappointing. you can see ever so slightly that sun. >> yeah, and so you're wearing
the protective goggles you can still see the eclipse occurring. you see the sun and the move, and you can still see some of it despite cover. it moves a little more rapidly. >> we're expecting total eclipse here at about 2:46. and we're at how long will be in the dark. what is interesting, address this, you could go ten minutes north ape they're in the dark even longer.
>>. >> what are folks hoping to glean from the corona? is there a mystery you're hoping to unlock today. >> yes, it is going across the whole united states and we get to see that corona which you can only see close to the moon. it is responsible for space weather. some were very interested in not just for science, but astro naughts in space where it affects their health.
is a big mystery. >> yes, it is an opportunity to learn, nasa and universities. >> it is so nice it is so nice to have people geeking out on nation national television on a monday afternoon. columbia, maryland. this is columbia, missouri, this is again, we're watching it disappear. once again. >> carbondale is note worthy, the longest period of duration there, one minute away from
totality. >> every time we're looking through a different telescope, you will get a little bun here and there, but it will never get old. if you look on the right-hand side you see the rays of light bouncing off of those. and then you're going to get -- for the guys that study this, for someone like me, i see it as a haze or a light, but these are different names and things that bounce off of the sun. the streams, the haze, the bubbles of light that dance around. some connect to the sun. some jump off and come back to
the sun, and some shoot away from the sun. >> let's keep this picture up, but let me bring in marianna. we are six minutes away from carbondale, illinois. i understand there fsz cloud overthere, is that the case. it may impair visibility here. . i don't know if you can sense the difference from the prior time that we talked to now, the atmosphere has changed completely. now it is one of anticipation. you see there was a band that is silence now. people are starting to get
really excited pointing to the sky. i don't know if you can hear it all around me, but the temperature also cropped considerably. mother nature is just amazing in these moments. little kids are holding hands with their parents and the crowd is just going wild over this, craig. everyone putting these glasses on, they were giving when they came into the stadium. i'm just getting goose bumps here. nasa is giving out these binocula binoculars, and they're safe to watch the eclipse with these. so people wearing the classglas and some watching with the binoculars. they have been giving safety instructions to people over the mega phone. there are people with blankets behind me as well.
and the blankets reflect the changing patterns of the sun and the moon. it has been amazing to watch this crowd react, and watch the agency of this phenomenon and so many people here traveled so many miles to be here and to experience this in this stadium in carbondale illinois. 2:38, the longest period of darkness of totality that we're going to get in the entire country. >> we certainly hope that the skies cooperate there in carbondale. that's not the crowd that you want to turn. you know? based on my limited experience with these people here. this is the scene, this is still missouri, we're still looking at union, missouri, totality appears to have passed here, we're on the back end of totality as it were.
we need a fanty serm for the back end of totality. >> i feel like it has been left out. i could not remember what they were -- what they were called and i didn't want to leave this experience without sharing it with you. the straight lines, that come off, are polar plumes. so when you see the straight lines coming out. from the shadow of light, the little bubbles that we're referring to as bailey abidbead that look like pearls, those are prominences. we believe what we understand them to be is relatively cool areas of plasma being bounced around by the radiation of the sun. it is one of those time it's is like a living science class and it is not boring. you're not in the back of the week pretending that you're
pretending to enjoy. >> minutes away from totality in carbondale, illinois. we heard them start to cheer. one can only imagine the scene in carbondale. roughly two minutes from now. we're told, and again totally in carbondale is going to be the longest that we're going to experience this afternoon. there have also been a number of festivals in carbondale that have been getting down. they have been partying why out west as well. >> on the left side of your screen, that was union, missouri, we are just 90 seco s
seconds. >> we are going to continue to do throughout the course of the afternoon. we experienced totality, we're going to all fall silence, it is rude to talk over a total solar eclipse. >> this is coming. you can feel it throughout the stadium like if they're counting down and i'm just getting goose bumps all over. these are the glasses to stair at the sun, it is already starting to look pretty incredible. it was over 90 degrees, people were sweating out here and now it got really chilly, and people are just looking to the spectacle right in front of me. >> that is the stadium there,
marianna, do i still have you? >> yes, it is cloudy at the moment, people are waiting, it is cloudy at moment unfortunately, that's why i was sort of adjusting my glasses. i didn't know if we were going through it. it looks like carbondale did get those clouds in the way and we could see it for a little while. i think when the big moment was to come, the clouds got in the way. still you see just around me you sense the excitement. people are all with their phones out and just experiencing this together. we could see it for a little bit there, i think the clouds might have gotten the best of carb
carbondale. i can't see much. >> they do have a partial eclipse there, sam champion. >> her live shot is the one on the right. look at the sky above the trees you see the blue and the clouds as well. i think she is right. i think you have the streaky clouds, there you go, now we're back, and you can see a little bit -- you'll hear the crowd go wild now, you see them passing in front of the eclipse. and when you get to the spinner part of the crowd, they will erupt and get excited. now you have a passing cloud again. >> here is the thing with carbondale. there is still time here, but keep in mind, they're back in 2024, baby. >> they said this is a rehearsal. >> we're seeing some pink there on the top right side. we saw blue in union missouri.
light all comes out, and it is refracted into different colors. that's the color of light that is making it through those mountains, those valleys, those -- that color of light is the spectrum of light that is getting pushed through to the other side that we're able to see. >> truly stunning. >> carbondale, illinois, and the managing editor for space.com. what is the scene there for us? >> we did get that cloud that came over right during totality, the sun just coming out from behind the moon now as the moon is making it's way. disappointing to not see totality? no, it got dark. there was a set sunset. people were cheering. you could see a halo around the moon for a few brief seconds and i was a bit overcome.
there are tears on my face. it was amazing. >> for folks who might not understand why something like this is so moving, is so emotional, explain that to us. >> you know, we take the sky for granted in our daily lives here on the planet. when this happens, it shows you're not just part of your family, or your life, or your country, but you're part of the universe. i just saw the moon pass through and block the light that we depend on every day and we never devin thi even think about it. it is just an amazing experience. >> it makes you feel quite
small, doesn't it? >> yes, exactly. it is the magic of the universe on clear display. >> the folks around you, are they also as overcome? >> you know, it is a mix. there is a lot of excitement, a lot of relief that we saw something, but you know, some disappointment about that cloud that came in at just the wrong time. when it got dark, i heard cheers, stomps, smiles on the field here, it was just amazing. >> millions of people celebrating space today. >> appreciate you. >> a pleasure. >> again in 2024. >> we'll have you back, too. this is hopkinsville, kentucky. for those of you who are tracking this thing as it moves
east. this is the scene right now. and totality here, sam, is that what i'm witnessing? >> that's exactly where we are. this is just across the river from carbondale, illinois. you're just over the river and you're following the shadow to the east. so what the good folks of kcar n carbondale missed, we're getting full on here. now what we're starting to look for is the bubbling of that light all of the way around the edge. if you're looking at the top right-hand side, the right-hand quadrant of the image of the left, you're starting to see the colors pearl up. >> the right side is music city usa, nashville, tennessee. we're told less than 30 seconds
away. they will experience totality, and for those of you in nashville, they don't need a reason to party, but they have one there this afternoon, approaching 2:30 on the east coast. it would seem as if we're more than ten seconds away. >> you're watching the light come up in hopkinsville and the light go down in nashville, it's just amazing how quickly that shadow is moving. at 2,000 miles per hour across this area. the fastest right here through the area. you're getting that shadow moving so, so, so quickly and you see it leave one town and go to another. >> who knew it could be so cool. this is nashville, tennessee.
we don't have the crowds there in nashville, the camera on the crowds there, but rest assured there is lots of screaming and shouting there. >> and you pointed it out, this is going through many small towns in america and it's an economic boom for them. not a big city boom, it's a small town america boom. >> and we have been seeing them prepare for a year. small town majors say they're seeing huge economic returns. >> you need to make sure you wear the glasses. >> what we're seeing so far, what we're hearing so far is a
smooth eclipse across the country. >> it looks like the weather cooperated there as well. >> the clouds in southern illinois have not moved in in a big way into kentucky as we watch it move to the east, we're going to see cloudy areas past through. there are definitely some clouds where western carolinas are a little drier and a little less cloudiness. later on i want to show you a satellite image. when we look, we depend on the sunshine to show us where the clouds are, so when we are taking one of the country today, you will be able to see it move across the country. >> and there was an airport that took off pr the west coast and has been flying along, getting a really special view right about 38,000 feet.
i can't imagine what that must feel like. >> there is a nasa jet doing the same thing and another jet that i think is coming out of harr shard that they took a business yet and cut a hole in the top and mounted a window about four inches across and a lens to watch it. a lot of stuff going on in the sky to watch this as well. >> on the phone right now, a former astronaut and commander of the international space station. he is watching all of this unfold from houston, texas. where the ellipse is passing over, it passed other, i should say -- we don't have it. we just lost it there. and we nor not talking to him on the international space station, he was in texas. we'll try to get -- >> that is good. we'll try to get him back on the phone, but tom costello is in
south carolina. we have seen him march his way from oregon. she in charleston where the anticipation mounts. >> well, i have to tell you there is a little disappointment here. we have so much cloud cover. i just surveyed the crowd and i said who came from the furthest direction. i got new jersey, florida, and michigan. i got brazil, and now puerto rico and new zealand. what do you think? >> it's awesome. they're home schooled, so i wanted them to have the experience. >> are you disappointed we don't see it as well? >> well, i am hopeful. >> mike, you're from new zealand?
>> yes. >> what's it like to be in the states for this? >> fantastic. once in a lifetime opportunity. >> were you planning to come just for this? >> i'm here for work at the moment, so just a good opportunity to be here. >> the right place at the right time. >> are you disappointed that so far we don't have such a clear view? >> no, but charleston is such a great place, might as well be here. >> the temperature came down, thank goodness, because it was really hot an hour ago, terribly hot. >> so what does this mean to you to be here, martha? >> a lot of people say they feel like it helps connect them to the cosmos or humanity? >> no. >> for you it's just cool. >> yeah, just cool. science. >> it's great to be here, really interesting. >> we're getting a little darker here in charleston, harbor, and
like i was saying, craig, it has been a hot day today, and humid, and so now with the sun starting to go behind the moon, the temperatures dropped and it's a welcome relief. if i put on my shades to look at it now, my special glasses, it's getting close, buddy, what do you think? 75% or 80%? the problem is the bloody clouds in the way. we're hoping for more clearing. >> there is still time, tom. we have been having our conversation there in charleston, this was the scene in sweetwater, tennessee. totality in another city there in the volunteer state. 2:33 we saw it just a few moments ago. this is the scene in georgia. i'm not sure what city, but i think we just saw totality.
>> the shot that you show any day during the summer off of the coast of south carolina. we're also keeping a close eye on the white house this afternoon, 1600 pennsylvania avenue there. let's take a look at it right now, there is the scene. president trump will be watching the total eclipse. we're told that will be happening roughly p seven minutes from now. that is when they're expecting the peak, if you will, there. we do not expect that the president is going to be taking questions. you also see some of his cabinet
members. and there is melania trump there in that -- sorry that is ivanka trump there, i can't tell who she is speaking to, but we are expecting the president, the first lady, and members of family and cabinet to make their way to the ball con any any day now. this is totality. right there. >> that gorgeous ring you can only see of light when the moon is placed directly in front of the sun. that's why you're special right now because this is for you. it will be later down the line, but this is yours, georgia. >> this is remarkable. there is a lot of litting kids
watching. when you take this in, i ask all of the questions, what is happening? >> we need to encourage science, and we want them to be wowed by the wonder around them. this is science on full display. we understand what is happening now and we want to learn more. science, understanding, funding for science. they are all on display to me across the country right now. >> some future sam champions. >> in georgia, totality is achieved there. this is post totality. we don't have a fancy term for you. after that, all eyes will be on south carolina, a partial
eclipse. the someone now is the concern now though is that some clouds are going to obscure the view there in parts of south carolina. my mother, brother, family is watching right smack in the middle of the state in columbia. i will be getting a report hopefully from one of them at some point. peter alexander is on the ground for us where he spends a great deal of his time. today, not scared to wear these ridiculous looking glasses on live television as i understand it. >> nasa kind enough to pass these out around washington dc today. a lot of the president's staff coming out and getting their first glimpse of this. mine was putting these on as i walked out of the west wing
press room. >> it is a remarkable experience, the president wanted to partake in it. he will be on the true manball cony with memb -- truman balcony with his family there. outside as this comes over washington dc. our moment will be 2:42 and the president will get his best opportunity to see it. >> we also just saw one of the first sons as well. i believe darren trump, and there is the commerce secretary rocking the glasses. i think a lot of people are wondering if president trump will be wearing these glasses as well. we see melania with traditional
sunglasses, she has her glasses, i don't see the president's glasses, does he have them? >> it is a good question. they have not, as they said in the business, red out to us whether or not -- >> oh, wait, peter, peter -- he just broke them out, like he was listening to us. rest assured, president trump puts those glasses on, we'll have it for you live here. >> i have a feeling it will turn into a meme. >> i have a feeling you are probably correct. this is the scene in upstate south carolina. >> that boouf diamond ring faze where the light is on one side. >> my mother is on the phone. ma, are you there? >> yes, i am. >> there is mom. mom is in columbia, less than 30 seconds away, do you have your
glasses on? >> i do, but the clouds just covered it. i had a partial eclipse, now i see nothing. >> well that's because you have t the glasses on. >> where are you watching? >> i am watching in my front yard. oh, yes i do, okay. oh my goodness. >> ma, are you okay? >> oh my goodness, yes. >> i assume you're seeing the eclipse? >> i'm sorry, i am, craig, it is, oh my goodness. oh my goodness. >> there has been a lot of that this afternoon. this is my mother on the phone, betty joe melvin.
and there is the president, president trump with the first lady. the president leading by exam e example, wearing the glasses. >> oh my goodness, you can take it off now. >> that's my mother on the phone, in columbia, south carolina. >> there it is right there. >> experiencing the eclipse in our front yard. can you describe for us? >> no, i'm speechless, it is amazing. that's all i can say. it is just not what i even thought. it is just wonderful. you can see the light around it and the darkness, of course i took off the glasses now because i can see, it is a full ellipse. >> if you're telling me it's a totality, then i'm coke with
that. we want to make sure you keep vision into your 70s and 80s clae stla tallahassat least. >> thank you, mom. >> we love miss melvin. here is the first family again taking this all in. on the balcony there at 600 pennsylvania avenue. president trump, pe lan ya. baron. we saw a few members of the cap nice as well. president trump going to give a big speech tonight, and there you go, a thumbs up from president trump, he appears to
approve there in washington dc. tom costello is standing by in charleston harbor, south carolina. we saw it in clemson. it was quite the show, my mother was describing an impressive show there. what is the scene in charleston harbor? >> we have a heck of a show here, craig, in addition to the eclipse that is really very close to totality, we have lightning here? charleston. so the folks standing here are watching, we're at about, what, a minute and a half away and we have lightning off with our. >> this is spectacular. you could not have asked for
better. we are seeing the darkness approaching as we see it coming. >> we have big lightning here off to our right with the storms and now we're getting to close to totality and the crowd is very excited and we're getting just enough of a break in the clouds to see it coming through, but boy those clouds have been toying with us all day. we're just hoping we get enough of a break that lasts to we can watch totality and it is coming. >> we can see the lights are all on in the city right now. the city lights just popped on across the water. we'll be in full eclipse here in just a few minutes. >> we're about 30 seconds away, tom. >> is this the stuff you live for? >> this is absolutely, again, a once in a lifetime event. and we're getting very close now
so this is where we, this is exactly the time we can do that science and do it no other time, and you can hear from the crowd, it is emotional and personal for everybody. emotional response here. >> and we got the clouds right when we wish we had a clear view, but it is still pretty good because it is so dark. >> >> a lot of the show is right here around us and we have to remember to look. and we are almost in nighttime in the middle of the day. it is amazing. >> kaig, i have to tell you if you were standing out here on any other day with a lightning storm that is dancing off to our right, it is a serious storm, you would say get off of the deck of this aircraft carrier, but given what is happening, it is hard to take your eyes off of it. >> we can see the corona, absolutely spectacular.
it clears just in time. the atmosphere coming off from around the moon. >> now we can look with our eyes because it is about secured. we're seeing the corona, and those whispy magnetic field lines. >> are you further north of us, you're going to get up to 2:00, right? >> we're just south of the center of that shadow, a shorter view, but it is a spectacular show. >> tell me this, the temperature dramatically dropped, how long will we see the temperature stay low? >> so we'll just get a couple minutes of this, it will hit
bottom, and then it will start back up. so we really feel a cooling effect. >> it is strakiiking, grag, bute combination of the heat, humidity, the lightning and thunder. the diamond ring effect. we get one bright point of light with that halo around the moon. >> for those just tuning in, why are we seeing that? >>. >> the first burst ray of son creates that bright point of light. >> craig, i'm sure you would love to be back in your home state, but it was nice to talk
to your first family and experience this live. >> thank you for all of that, i felt like i was there, my friend i think we just saw stephanie there. she was able to be there with her family as well. all right, i tell you, sam champion, now from here, what is next? i believe this is likely our last vantage point, and it will move to sea now, correct? >> the shadow will follow and then dissipate. you have to have the moon in the right position for the sun to get that shadow. we won't have it tonight. we won't have it tomorrow, only -- >> i misspoke. i under sold the breadth.
we are sperntsing totality yet once again. this is totality. >> never enough totality. we've given you two hours of totality here on msnbc. is that true? did bop any tyler is going to be performing total eclipse of the heart on this cruise ship any moment now. so that's -- >> let's stay for that. >> that's a fitting -- we can't stay for that. it would be a fitting end for a lot of folks there. she made that announcement on the today show. but any way, sam, i cut you offment what were you saying? >> no. just that, you know, this is it. this is our moment and now, what, 2024 is the next time that you'll get the opportunity to see it, though you'll see it all over social media tomorrow. there's some very interesting vantage points that will come out tomorrow and those are from
satellites. they've had cameras and tell scopes tranld on the shadow itself, so you'll be able to see it from above and they're going to put those together and issue those tomorrow as well. you'll also see some images from airplanes that have been tracing. so you'll be able to see the actual shadow of the moon chris crass across the earth tomorrow. but right now this is amazing. >> this would also be a perfect time to remind folks that are watching or listening to go to our website as well, nbc.com clims. a lot of those images that you've just mentioned will be there. a lot of our coverage as well will be posted on there as well. this is, again, nbc news.com back slash eclipse. that is our neck of the woods. that's the plaza at 30 rock federal. typically we don't see a crowd like with their cameras pointed in the sky unless that's their christmas tree that they trot out in november. a lot of folks have gathered here for a partial eclipse in
new york city. left side of your screen, that's still off the coast of south carolina. that is nashville, tennessee. and, again, these are images that we continue to see, sam, after totality has passed. >> right. >> a lot of these communities are enjoying a partial eclipse for how long? >> oh, they're still at the exact amount of time that it took them to get that shadow in front of the sun, it will take it to depart. so they can sit in the chair or stand up and enjoy it, because we get all excited about totality, but the other side of this partial eclipse is just as unique to where you're standing in the world rit now, in america right now because it isn't in the world. not far from where we sit. are you wearing your glasses still, buddy? >> yeah. you're getting my best side right now. as i look up at the sun. pretty cool, huh? i've got to tell you, here in new york this is one of those cool moments. and ike you said, we're only
getting about 70% here. right along the hudson river people are lined up with their beach chairs. everyone is watching. kids are out here as well. and craig in the last couple of hours you asked me about those homemade con trapgsz. except if you're this who says he's done it right. he made it out of a cereal box. >> i had to eat six bowels of race inbran. >> what do you do? you cut a hole in here and here with a piece of hole. >> a pin hole in the foil. then you look through here. >> and you put a piece of white tape to the bottom which gives you your screen. and yeah your reflection -- >> what do you do for a living. >> i'm an art igs. >> so want a scientist. >> please don't burn your eyes. very good. by the way, we have bigger ones here too. this gentleman has a giant box and it looks like it was a delivery for his apartment building. if you're still in the zone, by
the way, just a really quick reminder, you want to look for the name of the manufacturer on the glasses, make sure it's part of the approved list. you want to look over here where it says these are the magic words for you, craig, iso 123, 12-12 and then you want to make sure that it's it on the approved list and it says that. and if you can see anything, we've been saying this all day, if you can see any light, your hands in front of your face when these on, that makes they're scratched or there's something wrong. they should be pitch black except when you look up at the sun. ic tell you right now, we have a definite beautiful partial eclipse here in new york right now. the clouds have come over just a little bit, but for most of the day we are getting a beautiful view here. >> all right. jeff, thank you. that man with the racein bran box may be able to see the eclipse just fine but if he ate six bowls to get that box he may have some other issues later this afternoon and into the
evening. still aboard the u.s. s i don't recollect ton. it sure was great to hear so many people scream and cheer and shoult. we had pictures of people crying, their hands up to the sky as the sun became over shadowed by the moon. >> i think the consensus here, i'm going to ask these folks here. hey, guys, the consensus, was it kind of a let down with the clouds or was it better? say that again. >> it was still great. >> it was, wasn't it? and what about the lightning show we had at the same time. >> it was nice seeing both, even though the lightning kind of got my -- me seeing more of the lightning than the sun. >> the lightning was a big distraction. >> yeah. >> but the clouds just parted at just the right time. >> perfect typing. >> what did you say? >> perfect time. it was just beautiful. >> and you had the line. what did you say. >> a sense of drama. >> they saved the best for last. it was like the curtain pulling
back at just the right moment. and, you know, like we said, with that cloud cover, it just kind of turned it all of a blue color, a blue hue and then the lightning, was it spectacular, craig. >> tom costello there in charleston, south carolina. tom, thank you so much for that. and please tell all the folks down there in god's country hello. sam champion, wow. what an afternoon. >> thank you for letting me be here for it. >> no. thank you. >> to watch it all across the country. and you heard everybody haekt exactly the same way. >> y5u78. i mean, you know, about halfway through our coverage i realized it was for a lot of these folks, this will be -- scratch that. for nearly all of the folks this will be the first and last time during the course of their lives, in our lives will experience something like this. >> yeah. you get a solar eclipse about every 18 months somewhere, but remember how much of the earth is water. so many of them that happen no one gets a chance to see it. when you get one that runs coast
to coast across america, across any country, it's a big deal. it's a huge deal. and everyone got a chance to see it today. >> and this isn't over. as you indicate, a lot of these communities are going to be enjoying the after grow. >> the financial after glow, yeah. >> that's true. but the partial eclipse as well is going to continue for a while in a number of these cities, right. down in charleston i think it's going to go on until just after 4. >> that will stay running for a while because remember that partial started well before we took that shot. they still had that will little edge showing. it will travel slowly and across and you can enjoy it as it exits. >> what is it about total eclipse, you think? eve heard a number of folks trying to use adjectives to describe it, but what do you think it is about what we've experienced over the last almost two hours now that's so moving, that's been so powerful? >> i think there are very few times when your day is
completely disrupted by something that might only happen once in your life. and you're used to the sun coming up and the sunsetting. and truly, we heard it today. you don't think much about it at all. you don't think much about where we are in the solar system, where we are in relation to the moon, in relation to the sun. but today it brings it all home. and when the sun goes away in the middle of the day, only because of science today can we be reassured that it's going to come right back. so it's a big deal. and it was a big deal thousands and thousands of years ago when you just shared a moment that people on the planet have had in history. >> it was also nice to share a moment in this country that really -- and again, granted, it's just been two hours, but something that united us, something that we could all celebrate and enjoy together at 2 on a hundred afternoon. this has been absolutely
fantastic. to jefferson city, missouri, to nashville, tennessee, to carbon dale, illinois, columbia, south carolina, of course, and charleston as well. and finally, the big apple, new york city. thanks for joining us this afternoon. we want to look back now at some of the images that captured -- that were captured by people all over america.
>> it's like a once in a lifetime opportunity. >> good afternoon, earth lings. i'm ali very well vee. from one spectacle to the other. president trump watching today's total eclipse, joining the rest of the country in being astounded by the celestial spectacular. well, we've put down our eclipse glasses and now we're looking amed to a major speech to come from president trump tonight, an date on the path forward, if there is one, in afghanistan. in his life as a private citizen donald trump the billionaire was hyper critical of the war. once suggesting we should execute a quote speedy withdrawal, but now president trump could advocate for the opposite strategy. could the speech mean nor american troops to afghanistan, a more significant commitment to our country's longest war and if so, when, if