New Delhi: Total solar eclipse has started in the US with first pictures emerging from Oregon. The eclipse will move across the US and end in about 90 minutes in South Carolina
Stargazers and common Americans have thronged the towns on path of the eclipse, which is happening after 99 years. The last such eclipse occurred in 1918 when the path of totality crossed both the Pacific and the Atlantic coasts of the US. A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun is completely obscured by the moon. The moon's diameter appears to be the same size as that of the sun, blocking out its light. During the one-and-a-half hour eclipse, 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina stretched across a 112-km-wide swath will experience night-like darkness for approximately two-and-a-half minutes in the middle of the day.