Exclusive First Photos of the 2017 Solar Eclipse

National Geographic photographers are across the country—and over the ocean—capturing some of the best views of the historic eclipse.

Today’s “Great American Eclipse” is the first total solar eclipse the United States has seen in 38 years, and the first time in almost 100 years that the path of totality has crossed from coast to coast. For a couple of minutes, locations along a narrow path from the Pacific Northwest to the southeast Atlantic coast will see day turn into night as the moon completely blocks out the sun.

[See how you can watch the eclipse from anywhere.]

Not all of us are lucky enough to board a transcontinental flight to follow the moon’s shadow, so we are bringing you the next best thing: over a dozen National Geographic photographers strategically positioned along the way, ready to bring you their unique take. We’ll start with astronomy photographer Babak Tafreshi in a jet above the Pacific at the moment the eclipse begins, then touch down in Oregon to continue on-the-ground coverage all the way to South Carolina. Join us throughout the day as we post images of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Header Image: The sun's first rays emerge from behind the moon, while the corona is still visible, as totality passes over Jackson, Wyoming. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES

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