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Solar eclipse begins over west coast

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 00:37

Spectators in Oregon and California gaze in awe at the sky as the moon begins to eclipse the sun. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Spectators watched in awe as the moon began to eclipse the sun in Depoe Bay, Oregon and Los Angeles, California on Monday (August 21). Millions of Americans equipped with protective glasses were taking prime positions on Monday along a ribbon of land across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's silhouette passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but a halo-like solar corona, will draw one of the largest audiences in human history, experts say, when those watching via social and broadcast media are included. Some 12 million people live in the 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone where the total eclipse will appear on Monday. Millions of others have travelled to spots along the route to bask in its full glory. In Depoe Bay, Oregon, just south of where the phenomenon will first appear at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1715 GMT), thick fog shrouded the water on Monday morning, with the sun hidden behind a curtain of mist and clouds. Visitors had taken every parking space along the sea wall by 6 a.m.

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Solar eclipse begins over west coast

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 00:37