The Eclipse

While D.C. only got to see a 87% eclipse, there was 100% enjoyment in watching it.

Members of Congress and their staff viewed it from the Capitol balcony:

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Congressional staffers and others viewed it from the Capitol grounds:

On the Mall

Many agencies (The National Air and Space Museum, in collaboration with other Smithsonian museums, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory) sponsored a festival from 4th to 12th Street, and people were sprawled everywhere watching the eclipse.

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Lots of food truck vendors set up near the crowds, and many of them stepped outside their trucks to get a quick view of the eclipse:

©Rob Klug

Watching the sun

The Smithsonian set up a “sunspotter” where you could watch the changes projected on a sheet of paper, showing the moon gradually covering most of the sun.

The most amazing photos

While lots of people in the area took some great photos of the eclipse, our favorites are these stunning photos taken by the Architect of the Capitol, featuring the eclipse against the Statue of Freedom on top of the Capitol dome, and a NASA series of photos over the Washington Monument.

Photo credited to NASA

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  1. Another great post! A side note: The NASA photo was taken by senior NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. Bill came to NASA in 1989 — he was just a kid then — and we worked together closely over the several years I was the deputy head of NASA public affairs. We remain dear friends today. Along the way, Bill has become an amazing photographer and has been profiled in such media outlets as Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and CBS News. He also happens to be super human being.

    1. Thanks for this back story, Jeff! Must have taken so much planning and care for Bill Ingalls to get this awesome sequence.

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