Yesterday a total solar eclipse took place, the moon passed in front of the sun and cast a huge shadow. It was the first solar eclipse in America since 1918 to track from coast to coast. Within the path of totality the total solar eclipse could be seen, everyone in North America was able to witness the phenomenon. The path stretched from Oregon to South Carolina.
Outside the path it was still a partial eclipse that could be seen from parts of South America, Africa and Europe. During a solar eclipse the moon blocks all or only part of the sun for up to three hours from beginning to end. The longest dark period yesterday from any given location along the path was about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
National Parks and small towns were full of visitors who wanted to get a good look at the phenomenon. Everyone who missed it will find countless pictures on the internet, the US space agency (NASA) streamed pictures from different angles and times. The next total solar eclipse on Earth will occur on 2 July 2019 over the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina.
solar eclipse (ˈsəʊləʳ ɪˈklɪps) – die Sonnenfinsternis
to pass (pɑ:s) – vorbeifahren, passieren
to cast (kɑ:st) – hier: etw werfen
shadow (ˈʃædəʊ) – der Schatten
to track (træk) – hier: ziehen, sich bewegen
within (wɪˈðɪn) – innerhalb
path (pɑ:θ) – der Pfad, der Weg
to witness (ˈwɪtnəs) – etw beobachten, etw miterleben
partial (ˈpɑ:ʃəl) – teilweise, Teil-
given (ˈgɪvən) – festgelegt, gegeben
along (əˈlɒŋ) – entlang, unterwegs
countless (ˈkaʊntləs) – zahllos, unzählig
angle (ˈæŋgl̩) – der Winkel
to occur (əˈkɜ:ʳ) – geschehen, stattfinden