Sounds of the Eclipse Across America

Christina Knight | August 28, 2017

The total solar eclipse that crossed the entire contiguous United States on August 21 gave millions of Americans the opportunity to share an experience of wonder. Here are viewers’ recordings of unfiltered awe and amazement, shared by people at the eclipse’s start in Oregon, to its finish in South Carolina. Crowds cheer, crickets chirp, children call out “I can see the corona!”, and adults grasp for words in this sound collage that follows the eclipse’s path and is as long as the peak duration of totality.

What does an eclipse sound like?

Eclipse Sound Collage People & Places

Thanks to eclipse watchers who contributed of images and audio for this sound collage, recorded as they witnessed the eclipse from locations in Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and South Carolina.

Eclipse Photos

Watch NOVA: Eclipse Over America


NOVA, PBS’s award-winning science series, captured the spectacular event in Eclipse Over America, a special presentation that aired the same day the total solar eclipse took place. It provides an in-depth, close-up look at this celestial event.

Eclipse Over America followed teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection, using immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun’s secret mechanisms and integrating stunning sequences of the eclipse itself, with scenes filmed at iconic locations along the path of the eclipse, NASA footage, and more.

Total Solar Eclipse Shadow Over Earth

From a million miles out in space, NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) captured 12 natural color images of the moon’s shadow crossing over North America on Aug. 21, 2017. EPIC is aboard NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), where it photographs the full sunlit side of Earth every day, giving it a unique view of total solar eclipses.