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Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

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

Solar eclipse fever: Americans witness the celestial event

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

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

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

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