For two minutes, day turned to night during a total solar eclipse that swept across the United States on Monday afternoon (American time). In Britain, the eclipse was partial, according to The Telegraph of London.

The spectacle, which astronomers had predicted early this year, drew one of the largest audiences in history. The last time such a spectacle unfolded from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast was in 1918, and the last total eclipse seen anywhere in the United States took place in 1979.

Millions of people in the US wearing protective glasses marvelled at nature’s masterpiece.

Nowhere in Africa witnessed the spectacle. In May this year, however, noted the 70th anniversary of the last total solar eclipse witnessed by Nigerians.


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