For a few painfully short hours Monday the top news stories had nothing to do with President Trump, Neo-Nazis, protests or counter-protests. As if the solar system knew we were in need of a break from all the hate and outrage, it provided a celestial show the likes of which the United States hasn’t witnessed in 99 years.
Totality. And it was totally awesome.
Soon, our Facebook feeds and news alerts will likely return to the aftermath of Charlottesville, the terror attacks in Barcelona and whatever deeply disturbing statement North Korea cooked up while we were all staring into the sky (behind protective glasses, of course).
So for now, let’s relive the sun and moon’s glorious daytime dalliance with these five incredible videos of the 2017 total solar eclipse.
From a plane
Passengers aboard a special invitation-only Alaska Airlines charter flight from Portland, Oregon, were among the first to catch the Great American Eclipse as it passed over the Pacific. Planning the route was a mind-bogglingly complex math problem—if the shadow of the moon is traveling at 4,000 mph and the plane is traveling at 500 mph and the angle of the sun needs to be …. oh never mind. But catch the eclipse they did, as evidenced in this seriously beautiful clip, which makes a good case for chasing the next total solar eclipse at 35,000 feet.
In virtual reality
Didn’t spend Monday in the path of totality? This video is basically like witnessing the full shebang from Casper, Wyoming, where Time set up a 360-degree VR rig to capture the complete experience of the total eclipse. To see darkness overtake the Earth, stare straight ahead. To catch a closeup of the glowing ring, pan left. To ogle the high-dollar camera equipment trucked in to capture the magic moment, pan right. And don’t forget to turn up the volume so you can hear the chorus of cheers when the sun makes its dramatic exit … and reappears.
Like a flying squirrel
What’s cooler than using a colander to watch the sun vanish from view? Nothing. But a close second has to be seeing the total solar eclipse while flying in wingsuit formation over Madras, Oregon. Professional jumper Marshall Miller and friends ditched their ride precisely 30 seconds before the celestial fireworks reached their climax so they could absorb the experience while hurtling through the air.
Another one from the folks at Time, this drone-shot video skips the whole moon blocking out the sun thing in favor of turning the lens on Casper, Wyoming, and watching as the town descends into darkness.
From all sides
If you’ve been hankering for the post-totality highlight reel, look no further. This montage of perspectives on the eclipse includes the blingy diamond ring effect, a cameo from the International Space Station, the view from space, excited people in glasses and a bunch of confused flamingos in Nashville, which are really worth watching all by themselves.