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Millions of people across North America were treated to a total solar eclipse on a Monday, a rare event that darkened skies and created a spectacular moment for those lucky enough to be in the path of totality. The last time a total solar eclipse crossed North America was in 2017, and the next occurrence won’t happen until 2045. This celestial event captivated onlookers who watched in awe, with some smiling, gaping in astonishment, or openly cheering at the sight.

The eclipse provided a unique opportunity for politicians in both Canada and the United States to take a break from their busy schedules. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watched the eclipse from the roof of the building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office, while Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre and other elected officials gathered on Parliament Hill to witness the event. In the U.S., President Joe Biden was seen clutching a pair of eclipse glasses as he boarded Air Force One in Madison, Wisconsin, although he did not stop to look up at the sky.

Even the prestigious Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, was briefly interrupted by the eclipse, casting a shadow over the course and forcing the lights on at the driving range. Spectators, wearing specially branded Masters glasses, temporarily shifted their attention from the golf stars to the heavens before returning to the practice rounds. Some players had their own eclipse glasses and took a moment to gaze upward while out on the course, adding an unexpected twist to the tournament.

From homemade peephole viewers to specially rigged photography gear, people attending viewing parties and gatherings across North America came prepared with unique outfits and viewing equipment to catch a glimpse of the eclipse. Families made sure everyone, including babies, young children, and pets, were safely protected while taking a peek at this stunning astronomical event. The eclipse brought people from all walks of life together to share in the wonder of the natural world.

This content is copyrighted to Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc., all rights reserved. The media coverage of the eclipse highlights the universal fascination with celestial events and how they can unite people in a shared experience of wonder and awe. Whether watching from rooftops, event gatherings, or sports tournaments, the eclipse served as a reminder of the beauty and power of the cosmos that can captivate millions and bring people together in collective amazement. The next total solar eclipse in North America may be decades away, but the memories and images of this recent event will live on in the minds of those who witnessed its magic.

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