In and Out of the Moon Shadow

It was a day of looking up—or trying not to for those without protective glasses—as Loudouners joined the national obsession with the coast-to-coast solar eclipse.

The largest local gathering of sun watchers was at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport, where a cheer went up as the moon started crossing into the sun’s path.

The solar eclipse drew an estimated audience of 220 million people in the United States and is the largest crowd to witness the rare total solar eclipse in the history of eclipses.

In Loudoun, that process began at 1:15 p.m. and continued until 4 p.m. At the peak of the eclipse from the local vantage point, more than 75 percent of the sun was covered at 2:40 p.m.

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