2017 Solar Eclipse (Full) | NBC News

2017 Solar Eclipse (Full) | NBC News


. >>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. TOTAL ECLIPSE 2017. HERE’S LESTER HOLT.>>GOOD DAY, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO OUR SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT. IT IS A RARE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE SWEEPING FROM COAST TO COAST. LET’S SHOW YOU A LIVE PICTURE RIGHT NOW. THIS COMING TO US FROM NASA. THIS IS FROM OREGON. YOU SEE THE MOON IS COVERING MOST OF THE SUN NOW AND IN A FEW MINUTES THEY WILL BE IN TOTALITY. OREGON, THE FIRST OF 14 STATES TO WITNESS THIS EVENT. IT SWEEPS ACROSS AMERICA. WE’LL TAKE YOU TO SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO VIEW IT FROM OREGON TO SOUTH CAROLINA. ANTICIPATION HAS BEEN BUILDING FOR WEEKS REACHING A FEVER PITCH. 14 STATES AS I NOTED LIE ALONG THE PATH OF TOTALITY WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE TO SEE THE MOON FULLY BLOCK OUT THE SUN. ALL AMERICANS WILL HAVE AT LEAST A PARTIAL ECLIPSE. HOW RARE IS THIS EVENT? IT’S BEEN NEARLY 40 YEARS. YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1918, NEARLY A CENTURY TO FIND THE LAST TIME A TOTAL ECLIPSE WENT ALL THE WAY FROM COAST TO COAST. AS WE COME ON THE AIR, THE ECLIPSE IS UNDER WAY. CERTAINLY ON THE WEST COAST. THE LIGHT IS SLOWLY DIMMING AS THE MOON MAKES ITS WAY ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE SUN. AT LEAST FROM THE PERSPECTIVE ON EARTH. WE’LL FOLLOW ITS PATH AS IT SWEEPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE’VE GOT CORRESPONDENTS STAKED OUT ALONG THE PATH OF TOTALITY AND SOME EXPERTS TO HELP PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE FOR US. WE’LL GO LIVE TO MADRAS OREGON. RET ME RIGHT NOW GO TO DILLON, OUR METEOROLOGIST TO KIND OF EXPLAIN, WALKS THROUGH WHAT WE’RE ABOUT TO SEE.>>AN ECLIPSE HAPPENING WHEN THE ORBIT OF THE MOON CROSSES BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SUN. KEEP IN MIND THE SUN IS 400 TIMES LARGER THAN THE MOON, BUT IT’S PERFECTLY POSITIONED BECAUSE IT’S ALSO 400 TIMES FARTHER AWAY FROM EARTH THAN THE MOON IS. SO WHEN THEY LINEUP, IT IS THE PERFECT EQUATION HERE FOR THAT MOON TO COMPLETELY BLOCK OUT THE SUN. NOW, THE ORBIT OF THE MOON AROUND THE EARTH WOBBLES BY ABOUT FIVE DEGREES, SO SO OFTEN THAT SHADOW IS JUST CROSSING COMPLETELY TO THE NORTH OR SOUTH OF THE EARTH IN GENERAL. SO WE DON’T SEE THE SHADOW AT ALL. OR IT PASSES OVER THE OCEAN. SOMETIMES IT’S OVER THE DESERT. WE ARE JUST IN THE RIGHT SPOT TODAY FOR THAT SHADOW TO CROSS FROM THE NORTHWESTERN PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES DOWN INTO THE SOUTHEAST. IT’S A PATH 70 MILES WIDE AND IT TAKES JUST 90 MINUTES TO GET FROM COAST TO COAST. THE WEATHER LOOKS FANTASTIC FOR MOST AREAS TO SEE IT. OUT WEST A CHANCE OF CLOUDINESS DOWN IN THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA.>>LET’S GO TO MADRAS OREGON AND IN A MOMENT WILL BE UNDER THE TOTAL, CLIPS. A HUGE CROWD GATHERED THERE ALONG WITH NBC NEWS MIGUEL ALMAGUER. EXPLAIN WHAT YOU’RE EXPERIENCING.>>LESTER, IT IS A SPECTACULAR SCENE OUT HERE. I CAN TELL YOU OVER THE LAST FEW MOMENTS WE’RE BEGINNING TO HEAR THIS CROWD HERE CHEER. THERE IS — MADRAS IS USUALLY HOME TO ABOUT 6,000 PEOPLE. TODAY THEY EXPECT OVER 100,000 PEOPLE TO POUR INTO THIS CITY. MANY ARE IN THIS VIEWING AREA ON THIS FIELD. MANY MORE WATCHING FROM THEIR CAMPS, FROM THEIR TENTS, FROM THEIR RVs. WE HEARD THE CROWD BEGIN TO CHEER. I’VE GOT THE SPECIALIZED GLASSES WHICH WILL ALLOW ME TO LOOK UP TO THE SUN. WE CAN SEE FOR THE MOST PART IT IS COVERED. THERE’S JUST A SLIVER OF SUN LEFT. THE TEMPERATURE OUT HERE HAS CONTINUED TO DROP AS ITS GOTTEN DARKER. WE’RE A FEW MINUTES AWAY FROM WHAT THEY CALL A TOTAL ECLIPSE. MADRAS IS ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN CITIES THAT WILL GO DARK. THIS ENTIRE AREA WILL PLUNGE INTO THE DARKNESS. ASTRONOMERS AND SCIENTISTS TELL US IT WILL BE A SPECTACULAR SCENE FOR THOSE IN THE PATH. OUT HERE THEY ARE GETTING EXCITED. YOU FEEL T BUZZ. YOU FEEL THE ENERGY. IT’S GETTING COOLER. IT’S GETTING DARKER AND THE EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING.>>ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN WE’RE LOOKING AT THE NASA IMAGE. FROM THIS IMAGE IT LOOKS TOTAL. WHAT IS THE TIME YOU EXPECT TO HAVE TOTAL COVERAGE THERE?>>WE’RE ABOUT, ACCORDING TO MY WATCH HERE, ABOUT THREE MINUTES AWAY. WHEN I LOOK UP INTO THE SUN, I SEE LITERALLY JUST A SLIVER OF IT THAT IS STILL OUT. THE MOON IS COVERING THE VAST MAJORITY OF IT. AS THAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN, WE’RE SEEING MORE PEOPLE OUT HERE PUT ON THEIR GLASSES. YOU CAN SEE ALL AROUND HERE. MANY PEOPLE HAVE THOSE PROTECTING GLASSES. THEY HAVE BEEN STARING UP AT THE SUN WITH THEIR GLASSES FOR THE LAST 30 OR 40 MINUTES. EVERY SO OFTEN AS IT GETS DARKER AND COOLER, PEOPLE BEGIN TO LET OUT THOSE CHEERS AND THOSE SCREAMS. IT’S AN EXCITEMENT THAT HAS BEEN BUILDING FOR DAYS. PEOPLE BEGAN FLOWING INTO MADRAS AS EARLY AS THURSDAY. WE HEARD THERE WERE TWO HOUR LINES TO REACH THIS CAMPSITE. WE CAMPED OUT OVERNIGHT WITH 18 OTHERS. OVERNIGHT, EVEN AT MIDNIGHT AND 1:00 A.M. YOU COULD HEAR PEOPLE TALKING AND LAUGHING. NOW YOU CAN HEAR THEM CHEERING. NOW AS SO MANY HAVE PLANNED YEARS AND SOME EVEN A DECADE FOR HAS FINALLY ARRIVED. THE SKIES ARE CLEAR. AS I CONTINUE TO TALK YOU TO, IT’S GETTING A BIT DARKER. WE’RE GETTING A BIT COOLER OUT HERE. YOU CAN HEAR PEOPLE CONTINUING TO CHEER, LESTER. >>I’VE BEEN WATCHING THE LIGHT DIM AND WATCHING YOU. AS WE WATCH THE IMAGES COMING FROM NASA. LET ME BRING BACK IN DILLON AND STEVE ROBINSON, ALSO A FORMER ASTRONAUT. HE’S FELONY ON FOUR SHUTTLE MISSIONS. STEVE A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS. ALSO JOINING US JOHN TORREZ. FIRST OF ALL, JOHN, QUICKLY, YOU’RE GOT THE GLASSES. WE’VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT THESE GLASSES. IF YOU’RE LOOKING UP AT THIS RIGHT NOW. WE’RE IN TOTALITY. ONCE THE SUN BEGINS TO PEEK THREE, IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT WITHOUT GLASSES, WHAT’S THE RISK?>>YOU CAN BURN YOUR RETINAS. IF RAYS HIT THAT OR THINGS YOU DON’T SEE, IT CAN BURN THE RETINA AND IT CAN CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE EYE. THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO LOOK AT IT WITHOUT PROTECTION. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THE TYPE OF GLASSES YOU NEED.>>LET ME INTERRUPT. LOOK AT THE LEFT SIDE. THAT’S IN OREGON. IT’S NIGHTTIME THERE. LOOK AT THAT. MIGUEL, YOU’RE IN TOTALITY KNEE ESSENTIALLY AT THIS POINT. >>WE CAN SEE JUST A SLIVER OF THE SUN STILL OUT THERE, BUT YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE OUT HERE ARE GETTING EXCITED. THEY’RE CONTINUING TO CHEER. IT’S DEFINITELY GETTING COOLER. I CAN TELL YOU EVERYONE NOW IS LOOKING UP INTO THE SUN. I WANT TO JUST GIVE YOU A MOMENT HERE TO SOAK IN WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE. WE HAVE FAMILIES. WE HAVE MULTIPLE GENERATIONS THAT ARE WATCHING THE ECLIPSE. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS YOUNG GIRL. SHE’S GOT HER FULL FACE MASK. SHE’S READY TO GO. HER PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS ARE HERE. IT IS REALLY BEGINNING TO GET DARK. YOU CAN PROBABLY SEE THE SUN HERE BEGINNING TO DIM. IT IS QUITE A SCENE OUT HERE. HERE IT COMES, LESTER. IT’S GETTING DARKER AND DARKER. I’M GOING TO LET YOU LISTEN TO THE CROWD HERE FOR JUST A MOMENT. THERE IT GOES, LESTER. I CAN SEE JUST A VERY SMALL SLIVER OF THE SUN. LISTEN TO THE CROWD TAKE IT IN. HERE WE GO, LESTER, TOTALITY NOW ARRIVING. { CHEERING }>>WELL, LESTER, AN INCREDIBLE SCENE OUT HERE. YOU NO LONGER NEED THESE SAFETY GLASSES. PEOPLE ARE CHEERING. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD IT IS A SPIRITUAL MOMENT, A HAIR-RAISING MOMENT. IT IS CERTAINLY THAT. IT IS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING TO BE OUTSIDE HERE AND WATCH THIS. YOU CAN NOW LOOK UP AT THE SUN WITH YOUR BARE EYES. IT IS SAFE FOR YOU TO DO SO FOR THE NEXT TWO MINUTES. IT IS A MOVING SCENE, LESTER. THE TEMPERATURE HERE DROPPING. THE CROWD CHEERING. YOUNG CHILDREN, OLDER, THEIR PARENTS, MULTIPLE GENERATIONS HERE, AN INCREDIBLE SCENE, LESTER, IT REALLY IS.>>IT IS INCREDIBLE, WE WANT TO LET FOLKS KNOW, YOU’RE SEEING DIFFERENT IMAGES OF THE SUN. THESE ARE BEING TAKEN FROM DIFFERENT PLACES. SOME PLACES NOT QUITE IN TOTALITY. WHERE MIGUEL IS, YOU CAN SEE THEY’RE IN A TOTAL ECLIPSE RIGHT NOW. IT IS REMARKABLE TO SEE. LET ME BRING IN STEVE ROBINSON WATCHING ALONG WITH US. STEVE, WHEN YOU’RE IN TOTAL ECLIPSE, WE SEE THOSE FLARES THAT COME OUT. IS THERE SOMETHING — IS THAT A VIEW THAT SCIENTISTS DON’T GET A LOT AND THAT IS USEFUL TO THEM?>>IT IS REALLY USEFUL TO SCIENTISTS. IT’S DARN HARD TO GET REALLY CLOSE TO THE SUN WHERE THE CORON ADJUST STARTS. IT’S A LOT OF PHYSICS JUST START. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT WE REALLY NEED TO GET A GOOD LOOK. CAN’T DO IT WITH TELESCOPES. YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR A SOLAR ECLIPSE.>>IF YOU BLINK SEVERAL TIMES YOU’LL MISS IT. IT’S ONLY A COUPLE MINUTES. DO I HAVE THIS RIGHT THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY MOVING AT OVER 1300 MILES PER HOUR?>>IT IS. IT’S MOVING FASTER THAN THAT. IT’S MOVING MORE THAN 2,000 MILES PER HOUR, BUT THE EARTH IS ACTUALLY ROTATING WITH THE SHADOW. THE DIFFERENTIAL GIVES AROUND 1,400 MILES PER HOUR ACROSS THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.>>DR. TORREZ, YOU SEE MIGUEL LOOKING UP. YOU FOR THAT BRIEF MOMENT IT IS SAFE.>>FOR THE BRIEF MOMENT OF TOTALITY. BEFORE THE SUN GETS COVERED AND AFTER THE SUN GETS UNCOVERED, YOU NEED TO PUT YOUR GLASSES BACK ON. PERFECT EXAMPLE. IF YOU’RE IN THE TOTALITY PATH, YOU DO THAT. YOU’RE IN A BRIEF TIME OF TOTALITY. FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, DO NOT TAKE YOUR GLASSES OFF WHEN LOOKING. >>MIGUEL, WE SEE THE LIGHT CHANGING RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES.>>YEAH, LESTER, IT’S A SPECTACULAR MOMENT. THE SUN IS BEGINNING TO PEEK OUT. THE CROWD CONTINUES TO CHEER. THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL HERE REALLY IS VERY DIFFICULT TO PUT INTO WORDS. IT IS AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE. IT IS HAIR RAISING. WE WERE TOLD BY SO MANY PEOPLE IT’S A SPIRITUAL MOMENT. AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THE SUN IS BEGINNING TO COME RIGHT BACK OUT. PEOPLE ARE STILL LOOKING AT THE SKY. YOU DO, AS DR. TORREZ MENTIONED, NEED YOUR GLASSES NOW. YOUR SPECIALIZED GLASSES TO LOOK AT THE SUN HERE. BUT LESTER, IT IS DIFFICULT TO PUT INTO WORDS WHAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED. WE WERE TOLD OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. IT REALLY, REALLY WAS HERE. WE SEE YOUNG CHILDREN HERE WITH THEIR PARENTS, WITH THEIR GRAND PARENTS TAKING IN THIS MOMENT. IT WAS SPECTACULAR TO SEE FIRSTHAND. WE KNOW NOT ALL OF THE COUNTRY WILL SEE TOTALITY, BUT IT’S STILL A SIGHT TO BEHOLD NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE UNITED STATES. PEOPLE HERE VERY CLEARLY EXCITED AS WE GET MORE SUN OUT HERE. YOU CAN EVEN FEEL THE TEMPERATURE RAISE HERE A BIT. I WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS FAMILY HERE WHO WE’RE GOING TO TALK TO IN JUST A MOMENT AS WE LET THEM TAKE IN A BIT MORE OF THIS. IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS JUST VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO PUT INTO WORDS, LESTER. >>LET ME GO TO DILLON VERY QUICKLY. YOU SHOWED US THE PATH THAT GOES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. BUT DILLON, A LOT OF PLACES WILL GET THAT PARTIAL ECLIPSE. THEY’LL GET THE DIMMING. FOR EXAMPLE I THINK I READ HERE IN NEW YORK CITY IT’S 70%, 71%.>>EXACTLY. WE WILL SEE 70% OF COVERAGE. EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE PATH OF TOTALITY, YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET OUTSIDE AND SEE IT. EVERYONE IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES WILL SEE ABOUT 50% OF THIS ECLIPSE. IT’S REALLY COOL FOR EVERYONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>STEVE, HAVE YOU CHASED THINGS TO OTHER PARTS OF THE GLOBE? A LOT OF TIMES THEY’RE OVER OPEN OCEAN. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT IS CONSTANTLY WATCHED?>>WE WATCH IT FROM WHEREVER WE CAN. TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES IT’S CITIZEN BASED SCIENCE. THEY’RE CHASING THE ECLIPSE WITH INSTRUMENTS GETTING VIEWS OF THE TOTAL ECLIPSE AND THE CORONA THAT YOU JUST CAN’T GET ANY OTHER WAY. >>THIS WHOLE EVENT IS MOVING. I THINK IT’S GOING TO HIT CHARLESTON IN A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR AND 20 MINUTES BYE-BYE MATH . IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW FAST IT’S MOVING. MIGUEL HAS EXPERIENCED THE ECLIPSE. HE’S GETTING REACTION FOR US NOW.>>I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE BARAN FAMILY WHO IS FROM SEATTLE. IT TOOK THEM QUITE SOME TIME TO GET HERE. TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THAT EXPERIENCE WAS LIKE.>>MY FIRST ECLIPSE. >>WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>IT WAS REALLY PRETTY.>>WHAT WAS THE BEST PART?>>THE MOON COMING.>>THE MOON TOTALLY COVERED THE SUN. >>WHAT DID IT LOOK LIKE TO YOU GUYS? WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO SEE IT?>>AND MOM, FOR YOU, WHAT WAS IT LIKE?>>AMAZING. UNEXPECTED. I MEAN, I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE COOL, BUT IT WAS, LIKE, SO MUCH MORE. >>SO MANY PEOPLE TELL YOU IT’S AN INCREDIBLE ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE AND YOU HEAR THAT FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT WAS THIS — DID THIS MEET EXPECTATION?>>SO BEYOND EXPECTATIONS. SO AWESOME. TOTALLY WORTH IT. >>WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO BRING YOUR KIDS?>>WELL, WE’RE NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT THEM. IT’S A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OF US. SHE’S OLD ENOUGH TO FORM MEMORIES AND THEY’RE ALL GOING TO REMEMBER THIS.>>THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR TIME. THAT’S KIND OF THE SENTIMENT ALL AROUND HERE. I’LL THROW IT BACK TO YOU.>>I’M JEALOUS. I THINK WE MAY HAVE TO DIM THE LIGHTS IN THE STUDIO BEFORE THIS IS OVER. WE WANT TO GO TO GAWDY. THEY ARE IN CASPER WYOMING. THEY WILL SOON EXPERIENCE A TOTAL ECLIPSE AS WELL.>>THAT’S RIGHT, LESTER. OUT HERE PEOPLE ARE ALREADY STARTING TO COUNT DOWN. WHAT’S THE LATEST ON THE COUNT? TWO MINUTES.>>WE’RE TWO MINUTES AWAY. PEOPLE HERE, THIS IS A WAY TO WATCH. YOU LAY DOWN. YOU LAY ON THE GRASS HERE. THE MILLER FAMILY, WHAT’S IT LOOK OBJECTION LIKE THROUGH THE GLASSES?>>IT’S PHENOMENAL. JUST A CRESCENT RIGHT NOW. IT’S AWESOME.>>WE HAVE AN EXPERT HERE. MY NEPHEW, NOAH SCHWARTZ, HE CAME FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT AND WHAT COMES FIRST IN THE ECLIPSE PHASE?>>BAILEY’S BEAT. >>AND THEN WHAT COMES AFTER?>>DIAMOND RING.>>AND THEN WHAT COMES AFTER THAT?>>TOTALITY.>>ARE YOU GOING TO BE PRETTY EXCITED?>>YEAH.>>A LOT OF FAMILIES OUT HERE VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT’S TO HAPPEN. WHEN YOU LOOK UP IT LOOKS LIKE THE SUN AND MOON SWITCHED PLACES. THE SUN LOOKS LIKE THE MOON. THE MOON LOOKS LIKE THE SUN. PEOPLE ALL OVER THE RIDGE. THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF HAZE FROM SOME OF THE WILDFIRES CLOSE BY SO IT’S GIVEN IT AN EVEN MORE UNIQUE LOOK. >>WE’LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU. LET’S JUMP TIME ZONES AND GO FURTHER ALONG THE PATH OF TOTALITY TO CARBONDALE ILLINOIS. HOW IS THE EXCITEMENT LEVEL WHERE YOU ARE?>>IT’S GREAT. I’M AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. 15,000 OF MY FRIENDS HERE WHO HAVE COME INTO STANDS. EVERYBODY, GLASSES ON. EVERYBODY UP. EYES UP. AND AS WE LOOK AT IT, DESCRIBE IT. ONE WORD. >>AWESOME. >>WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>FANTASTIC. >>WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>IN AMAZING.>>I’M GOING TO TELL YOU, AS I LOOK UP AT THIS AGAIN, I’M JUST GIDDY, WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS. WE’VE KNOWN ABOUT THIS, LESTER. BUT TO ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE IT, AND WE’RE GETTING CLOSE, NOT THERE YET, BUT WE’RE MOVING TOWARDS THAT MOMENT OF TOTALITY. HERE, 2:38. >>IDAHO IS EXPERIENCING. AL IS IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, THE LAST U.S. CITY IN THE PATH OF TOTALITY. >>OVERHEAD WE’VE GOT CLOUD COVER. PUT YOUR GLASSES ON. I CAN ACTUALLY STARTING TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF PARTIAL ECLIPSE NOW STARTING. MOVING FROM RIGHT TO LEFT. SO WE’RE GOING TO BE WATCHING THAT AS THIS ROLLS ON. YOU CAN SEE A TEMPERATURE DROP OF ANYWHERE FROM FIVE TO 15 DEGREES AS IT COMES INTO TOTALITY. SO FOLKS HERE VERY EXCITED. WE’RE AT THE CHARLESTON HARBOR. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT IN THE HARBOR RIGHT NOW ON BOATS THAT ARE GOING TO BE TRYING TO GET AN AQUATIC ADVANTAGE POINT. IT IS REALLY VERY COOL. ALL THESE FOLKS FROM UP HERE, YOU’RE LOOKING LIVE RIGHT NOW. YOU’RE JUST SEEING IT START TO MAKE ITS WAY FROM THE RIGHT TO THE LEFT. AND FOLKS ARE STARTING TO OOH AND AAH AS THEY LOOK UP. BY THE TIME IT GETS HERE, THE MOON SHADOW WILL BE TRAVELING AT ABOUT 1,500 MILES PER HOUR. SO EVEN THOUGH IT SLOWS DOWN A LITTLE BIT AROUND WHERE KERRY IS, IT PICKS UP SPEED AS IT MOVES THROUGH EVEN THOUGH IN SPACE IT’S TRAVELING AT A CONSTANT RATE OF SPEED.>>WE’LL BE CHECKING BACK WITH YOU AS THIS ECLIPSE LEAVES THE U.S. HERE IN THE NEXT HOUR. WE ARE GOING TO GO AWAY FOR A SHORT TIME. WE’LL COME BACK HERE AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO GET THE REST OF THE ECLIPSE. CHECK IN WITH OUR CORRESPONDENTS ALONG THE WAY. SO WE INVITE YOU TO KEEP IT RIGHT HERE ON THIS NBC STATION FOR FULL COVERAGE OF THIS>>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. TOTAL ECLIPSE 2017. HERE’S LESTER HOLT. >>GOOD DAY AND WELCOME BACK TO OUR CONTINUING SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT. THE FIRST COAST TO COAST TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OUR COUNTRY HAS SEEN IN 100 YEARS. 14 STATES FROM OREGON TO NORTH CAROLINA ARE ALONG THE PATH OF TOTALITY WHERE THE MOON WILL TOTALLY BLOCK THE SUN. EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS EXPERIENCING AT LEAST A PARTIAL ECLIPSE. OVER THE NEXT HOUR, WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE BEST PLACES TO SEE THE SHOW. WE’VE ALREADY SEEN AMAZING SITES FROM KASPAR WYOMING, AND OREGON, THE FIRST STATE TO EXPERIENCE THE TOTAL ECLIPSE WHEN IT BEGAN LAST HOUR. WE HAVE FULL COVERAGE OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT, OUR TEAM FANNED OUT FROM COAST TO COAST OUR CORRESPONDENTS STAKED OUT ALONG THAT PATH OF TOTALITY. DYLAN DWYER AND MARK TORRES JOIN US HERE IN THE STUDIO ALONG WITH STEVE ROBINSON WHO IS IN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA. LET’S KICK THINGS OFF BY GOING OUT TO CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS WHERE THE TOTAL ECLIPSE IS SET TO BEGIN IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES. CARBONDALE ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE PLACE WHERE IT WILL LAST THE LONGEST. KERRY SANDERS IS THERE.>>Reporter: I’M IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY IN THE STANDS. THERE ARE ABOUT 15,000 PEOPLE HERE, I HAVE A THERMOMETER HERE TO SHOW HOW THE TEMPERATURE HAS CHANGED. AT ONE POINT THE TEMPERATURE WAS JUST SHY, IT WAS 1089 DEGREES, IT’S NOW DOWN TO 92 DEGREES. INTERESTINGLY, THAT MOMENT COULD BE BREWING HERE. WE HAVE A CLOUD, EVERYONE’S HOPING FOR THE WIND TO BLOW THROUGH. PUT MY GLASSES ON TO SEE IF WE’RE LOOKING AT — WE HAVE A CLOUD. FOLKS HAVE BEEN OUT HERE VERY HAPPY, VERY EXCITED. THEY’VE SEEN AS THE PROGRESSION HAS HAPPENED, IT’S LOOKED LIKE A BANANA.>>IT’S LIKE A CRESCENT MOON, BUT IT’S THE SUN.>>AND WE HAVE A CLOUD.>>OH, BUMMER.>>THERE WE GO.>>NOBODY CAN PREDICT THE WEATHER, NOT EVEN DYLAN DRYER, GUYS. SHE TOLD US WE WOULD BE GOOD, WE WERE HOPING THE CLOUDS WOULDN’T MOVE THROUGH.>>I WAS GOING TO MOVE ON TO CHARLESTON, BUT I THINK DYLAN DESERVES A RESPONSE.>>YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES, HOPEFULLY THAT CLOUD WILL CLEAR OUT.>>LET’S GO TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, THE LAST U.S. CITY IN THE PATH OF TOTALITY. WE FIND AL ROKER ON THE USS DECKER AIRCRAFT CARRIER MUSEUM. THOSE ARE CLOUDS WE SEE IN YOUR AREA?>>THEY ARE. THERE’S ENOUGH OF A BREAK THAT WE’RE ACTUALLY SEEING MAYBE A LITTLE LESS THAN A THIRD OF THE SUN BEING COVERED RIGHT NOW. IT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE, FOLKS ARE LOOKING UP, THEY’RE ALL OOHING AND AAHING A BIT. WE HAVE GOTTEN SOME BRIGHT OVERCAST. JOINING ME RIGHT NOW IS AN ASTROPHYSICIST FROM THE HARVARD SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE. YOU STUDY SOLAR WEATHER. WHAT ARE WE HOPING TO LEARN FROM THIS THAT WE WOULDN’T NORMALLY SEE FROM SATELLITES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.>>WE’RE TRYING TO TEST OUT SOME INSTRUMENTATION, WE’RE TRYING TO LOOK AT THE MAGNETIC FIELDS THAT ARE ON THE SUN, AND WE’RE TRYING TO MEASURE THOSE IN A SPECIAL WAY WE’VE NEVER MESH OARED BEFORE.>>WHAT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA.>>IS THIS THE FIRST ECLIPSE THAT WILL BE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?>>IT IS.>>WHEN WE SEED CORONAL GASES, COULD THERE BE SOME SORT OF ELECTROMAGNETIC PROBLEMS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT?>>YE, FOR RIGHT NOW, NO. UNLESS A LARGE SOLAR FLARE CAME OFF. >>WON THE THAT BE COOL TO SEE?>>YEAH, IT WOULD BE. DURING THE ECLIPSE.>>YOU HAVE THE GLASSES ON, IT CONTINUES IN THIS — AND IN FACT I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU, ONCE THIS HAPPENS, THIS KIND OF CLOUD COVER, WHAT WILL WE BE SEEING HERE?>>THIS TYPE OF CLOUD COVER, WE HAVE PATCHES OF BLUE SKY AROUND, THAT’S GOING TO GO COMPLETELY DARK, AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SEE THE STARS THERE. YOU’LL SEE THAT COLOR ALL AROUND THE HORIZON IN THE ORANGES AND THE PINKS THAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY SEE AT A SUNSET. WE’LL GET SOME EFFECT, BUT OUR REAL GOAL IS TO HAVE THAT CORONA.>>WE HAD REPORTS OF A 20 TO 25 DEGREE TEMPERATURE DROP.>>THERE’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF WIND. AND I’M WONDERING HOW MUCH COOLER IT WILL GET.>>WE HAVE ABOUT 3,000 PEOPLE HERE ON THE DECK OF THE USS YORKTOWN HERE AT PATRIOTS POINT IN CHARLESTON HARBOR. IT’S PRETTY — IT IS PRETTY EXCITING, I HAVE TO TELL YOU.>>AL, THANKS VERY MUCH. >>WE’RE CROSSING OUR FINGERS THOSE CLOUDS WILL PART COMPLETELY. I NAME THIS THE PAC-MAN PHASE. LOOK AT THE MOON WORKING ACROSS THE SUN’S IMAGE. NBC METEOROLOGIST DYLAN DRYER IS WITH US. EXPLAIN HOW ALL THIS WORKS AND WHY SOME FOLKS ARE GETTING TOTALITY AND OTHER FOLKS ON THE EDGE ARE SEEING A LITTLE BIT.>>IT ALL DEPENDS WHERE THE SHADOW OCCURS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU. AN ECLIPSE HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE THE ORBIT OF THE MOON CROSS BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SUN. IT CASTS A SHADOW ON THE EARTH. THE SUN IS 400 TIMES LARGER THAN THE MOON, BUT IT’S ALSO 400 TIMES FURTHER AWAY FROM EARTH THAN THE MOON IS. THAT EQUATION LINES THESE UP JUST PERFECTLY ENOUGH, WHERE THE MOON TOTALLY BLOCKS OUT THE SUN. ONE REASON WE DON’T SEE THIS EVERY DAY, THE ORBIT OF THE MOON ROTATES AROUND THE EARTH, IT WOBBLES BY ABOUT 5 DEGREES. SOMETIMES THE SHADOW IS CAST INTO SPACE AND MISSES THE EARTH IMMEDIATELY. OTHER TIMES IT CROSSES OVER OCEANS OR DESERTS WHERE YOU JUST DON’T SEE IT. WE ARE IN THE PERFECT SITUATION TODAY FOR THAT SHADOW TO CROSS FROM OREGON RIGHT OVER INTO SOUTH CAROLINA OPINION WE ARE SEEING GENERALLY CLEAR SKIES IN MOST OF THE COUNTRY.>>THERE ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS AND PHASES OF THE ECLIPSE. ONE OF THE REALLY COOL THINGS IS CALLED BAILEYS BEAD, IT HAPPENS AS THE AS THE MOON ALMOST COMPLETELY CROSSES IN FRONT OF THE SUN. THE RAYS PASS THROUGH THE VALLEYS OF THE MOON ITSELF. THAT’S THE TWINKLING YOU SEE. THE LAST BAILEY’S BEAD YOU SEE, MAKES THE ENTIRE RING LOOK LIKE A DIAMOND RING. AND THEN WE’RE IN TOTALITY, TO THE POINT WHERE THE SUN IS BLOCKED OUT ENOUGH WHERE YOU CAN TAKE THE GLASSES OFF AND LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN, BECAUSE IT’S TOTALLY BLOCKED AND ALL YOU’RE SEEING IS THE OUTER ATMOSPHERE OF THE SUN THAT DOESN’T CAUSE ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR EYES. YOU WILL SEE ALL THOSE FACES AND THE REVERSE HAPPENS WHEN YOU COME OUT OF TOTALITY.>>WHEN I FIRST SAW IN OREGON, WHEN THEY WENT INTO THE TOTAL ECLIPSE. I WAS EXPECTING IT WOULD GET PITCH BLACK. ON THE HORIZON IT LOOKED LIKE SUNSET. IF WE WERE TO TURN THE CAMERA ALL THE WAY AROUND, WOULD IT BE SUNSET ALL THE WAY AROUND?>>YES, IT’S A 360 DEGREE SUN SET AROUND YOU, YOU STILL HAVE SOME OF THAT LIGHT COMING AROUND, IT’S NOT THE EXACT DIRECT SUNLIGHT YOU WOULD SEE WHEN THE SUN ISN’T BLOCKED BY THE MOON, YOU’RE STILL SEEING BASICALLY A 360 DEGREE REFLECTION OF THE SUN ON THE GROUND WHICH MAKES IT LOOK LIKE A 360 DEGREE SUN SET OR SUNRISE. IT’S REALLY FASCINATING.>>WE’LL SEE THAT AGAIN, AS WE CONTINUE WORKING OUR WAY EAST DURING THE TOTAL ECLIPSE. LET’S CHECK IN WITH NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. NASHVILLE IS THE ONLY CITY THAT’S ENTIRELY WITHIN THE WIDTH OF TOTALITY. THAT’S WHERE WE FIND JEN CARFAGNO. WHAT’S IT LIKE THERE?>>Reporter: LESTER, IT’S GETTING EXCITING HERE IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. NASHVILLE, KNOWN AS MUSIC CITY. FOR TODAY IT IS ECLIPSE CITY. WE ARE 19 MINUTES AWAY FROM TOTALITY. IT STARTED AT 11:58 A.M. THE MOON MOVING OVER THE SUN, TAKING A BITE OUT OF IT. WE DO HAVE SOME CLOUDS HERE IN NASHVILLE NOT THE KIND THAT BRING RAIN, THEY ARE THE KIND THAT CAN BLOCK THE SUN OR THE MOON CROSSING AND BLOCKING THE SUN FOR A BRIEF MOMENT. THAT’S BEEN AN OBSTRUCTION FOR MOMENTS AT A TIME BUT NOT IN TOTALITY. DILLON WAS TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING LINING UP IN THE UNIVERSE. AND IT’S SORT OF A COSMIC COINCIDENCE THAT THIS ALL HAPPENS AT ONCE OVER THE ENTIRE NORTH AMERICA, EVERYONE IN NORTH AMERICA GETS TO VIEW THIS ECLIPSE. HAWAII GETS 19%. HERE IN NASHVILLE, WE’RE GOING TO GET A FULL TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. SOMETHING THAT HASN’T HAPPENED IN MORE THAN 500 YEARS. SO IN NASHVILLE, THIS IS A RARE EVENT THE NEXT TIME THE COMPLETE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WILL HAPPEN IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE. ANOTHER 500 PLUS YEARS, IT WILL BE THE YEAR 2566. THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, CERTAINLY EVERYONE HERE IN NASHVILLE, JUST ECSTATIC TO SEE THE ECLIPSE. WE ARE NOW 18 MINUTES AWAY FROM TOTALITY. LESTER?>>THANKS VERY MUCH. >>THE LAST TIME AMERICA SAW A TOTAL ECLIPSE WAS 1979. TOM BROKAW WAS THERE TO RECOVER IT ON THE TODAY SHOW.>>I WAS IN THE MOUNTAINS AROUND SUNDANCE UTAH WHEN WE HAD AN ECLIPSE. I HOWLED SO EVERYONE WOULD KNOW SOMETHING WAS GOING ON.>>TOM, I HOPE YOU DON’T HOWL FOR US.>>WE’RE IN THE NATIONAL FOREST, WE’RE AT ABOUT 7,000 FEET. PROBABLY 40 MILES NORTH OF THE BORDER WITH YELLOWSTONE PARK. I’M LOOKING OUT AT A GREAT WESTERN LANDSCAPE. NO SIGNS OF HAS BEEN TAKING UP AND DOWN. WE’RE UP NOW IN THE MOUNTAINS, AND IT WAS REALLY A SPIRITUAL MOMENT HERE TO SEE THE MOON MOVE ACROSS THE SUN. NOT IN TOTALITY, BUT THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED PRETTY DRAMATICALLY, PROBABLY ABOUT 10 DEGREES, THEN WE HAD LATE AFTERNOON LIGHT, WHICH YOU COULDN’T HELP BUT BE IN AWE OF THE GLORY’S OF THE UNIVERSE, AND REALIZE THAT WE’RE JUST A SMALL SMALL PART OF ALL OF THAT NATURE AFTER ALL DOES PREVAIL. BEGINEN WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH POLITICALLY IN THIS COUNTRY IT’S PROBABLY NOT THE WORST THING TO HAPPEN RIGHT NOW. IT DID UNIFY EVERYONE AROUND ONE EVENT. THE EVENT HAD TO DO WITH SOMETHING WE DON’T HAVE CONTROL OVER. AND IT HAS CONTROL OVER US.>>BECAUSE YOU ARE IN AN AREA THAT IS NOT INNING HABITED. I AM CURIOUS, DID YOU EXPERIENCE ANY SENSE OF NATURE REACTING TO THIS, BIRDS FLYING OFF OR NOT FLYING OFF OR ANYTHING UNUSUAL?>>NO, WE DIDN’T. AND I WAS KIND OF DISAPPOINTED. I KEPT MY EYE ON THE CATTLE DOWN BELOW US. ONE OF MY ASSOCIATES HERE WITH ME, SAW A BEAR, IT DIDN’T ACT IN ANY UNUSUAL WAY. WE SAW A FEW ANIMALS ON THE WAY UP, PROBABLY NOT AS MANY AS WE WOULD SEE ON A NORMAL DAY. THIS IS AN AREA THAT’S RICH IN ANTELOPE AND MULE DEER AND WHITE TAIL. THEY’RE STAYING UP HIGH LATE INTO THE SUMMER. IT’S A LOT COOLER THERE.>>THERE WAS NO INDICATION THAT THE ANIMALS WERE AWARE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE TEMPERATURES I’D SAY DROPPED ABOUT 10 DEGREES, AND THE AFTERNOON LIGHT CAME IN QUITE QUICKLY AND DISAPPEARED. NOW, WE’RE AT A PART OF THE PROCESS WHERE THE MOON HAS PASSED THROUGH THE SUN. IT WAS ABOUT 90% HERE, AND IT’S NOW MOVING ON. AND PROBABLY ABOUT 35 OR 40%. IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING TO WITNESS UP HERE, THE GLORIES OF NATURE.>>TOM BROKAW, GOOD TO SPEAK WITH YOU. SOUNDS LIKE AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE TO BE WHERE YOU ARE WITNESSING THIS. LET ME CHECK BACK WITH DR. JOHN TORRES. WE DISCUSSED EARLIER ABOUT THE DANGER OF LOOKING INTO THE SUN. BUT FOR THESE FOLKS IN THESE AREAS NOW WHERE THEY’RE DODGING CLOUDS. AND THEY MIGHT FEEL THE CLOUDS WILL GIVE THEM SOME PROTECTION. >>ABSOLUTELY NOT. YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR GLASSES ON. UNLESS IT’S THAT TOTALITY, THE ULTRAVIOLET RAYS ARE COMING OUT. OTHER RAYS ARE COMING OUT THAT COULD HURT THE BACK OF YOUR EYE.>>WOULD I FEEL SOMETHING?>>THERE ARE NO PAIN RECEPTORS. YOU’RE GOING TO SENSE A SPOT THAT’S FUZZY OR BLANK, YOU CAN’T RECOGNIZE FACES. YOU’RE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD, YOU SEE THINGS YOU’RE LOOKING DIRECTLY AT. YOU THINK OF THE LENS, IT’S LIKE A MAGNIFYING LENS. WHEN YOU WERE A KID, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU EVER TRIED TO BURN A PIECE OF PAPER WITH THE SUNLIGHT.>>CURE NOT FEELING IT.>>IMPORTANT WARNING, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SOUND THAT WARNING AS THIS ECLIPSE CONTINUES. LET’S GO BACK TO AL ROKER IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A VIEW. WHAT’S THE STORY NOW, AL.>>Reporter: WE HAVE A BRIGHT OVERCAST RIGHT NOW, LESTER, WE ARE ABOUT 50% OBSCURED, LOOKING UP RIGHT NOW, IT’S LIKE LOOKING AT A CRESCENT MOON, WHICH IS KIND OF COOL. WE HAVE PROBABLY THE BRIGHTEST PICTURE WE’VE SEEN SINCE THIS HAS STARTED. AND FOLKS NOW LOOKING UP, THEY’RE WATCHING, THEY HAVE THEIR GLASSES ON. WHAT’S INTERESTING, AS THIS GETS CLOSER TO THE COAST, THE MOON’S SHADOW IS GOING TO START MOVING FASTER. RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY IS WHERE IT SLOWS DOWN THE MOST, ABOUT 1400 MILES PER HOUR. AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE COAST, IT GETS FASTER AND FASTER. WE’RE ON THE DECK OF THE USS YORKTOWN HERE AT PATRIOTS POINT. AND YOU CAN SEE ECLIPSE ON A WARSHIP. THESE KIDS ARE REALLY ENJOYING IT. IT’S REALLY PRETTY IMPRESSIVE TO SEE RIGHT NOW AS THIS HAPPENS, AND WE ARE STARTING TO GET A LITTLE COOLER NOW AS WELL. TEMPERATURES ARE STARTING TO DROP A BIT. WE ARE FEELING A LITTLE BIT LESS HEAT AS THIS COMES DOWN. YOU CAN SEE CLOUD ARE ALL AROUND US. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HANGING OFFSHORE. AND THAT’S BEEN GOOD NEWS SO FAR. WE’RE ABOUT 30 MINUTES FROM TOTALITY HERE, AS THIS MOVES ALONG. BUT IT’S — IT REALLY IS MOVING AT A PRETTY GOOD CLIP. AND IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE MUCH IN THE WAY OF DISAPPOINTMENT. AND TO EMPHASIZE WHAT THE DOCTOR SAID, THINK ABOUT A CLOUDY DAY. SOMETIMES YOU END UP WITH A SUNBURN. IT’S THE SAME THING WITH YOUR EYES. JUST BECAUSE THERE ARE CLOUDS OUT THERE DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE GOING TO BE IMMUNE FROM GETTING DAMAGE, OCULAR DAMAGE. JUST A SIDE NOTE, USUALLY EVERY OTHER SUNDAY WE HAVE BRUNCH AT A PLACE CALLED FRIENDS OF BARNEY HERE IN NEW YORK. THERE’S A LADY, HER NAME IS LEE, SHE’S 103 YEARS OLD, WE SAW HER YESTERDAY ON MY BIRTHDAY, AND SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE REMEMBERS THE LAST COAST TO COAST ECLIPSE IN 1918. SHE WAS 4 YEARS OLD. THAT’S KIND OF COOL.>>GREAT STORY, AL. I WANT TO BRING IN DYLAN DREYER.>>THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU SEE, THE SUN HEATS UP THE GROUND THE WARM AIR RISES. IT DEVELOPS IN THE CLOUDS THAT TEND TO BLOCK OUT THE SUN. WE ARE DEALING WITH SCATTERED CLOUDS, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY IS IDEAL FOR VIEWING THIS ECLIPSE. WE HAVE THE GHOST 16 SATELLITE HERE, WE ARE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE DARKNESS THAT HAS STARTED BECAUSE OF THE SHADOW OF THE MOON CROSSING OVER. YOU CAN SEE IN THE NORTHWEST THERE WHERE IT STARTS TO GET DARK. THAT’S THE ECLIPSE.>>WE MENTION THINGS ARE MOVING AS IT GOES FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. WE WANT TO GO TO KERRY SANDERS IN CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS. THEY WILL BE IN THE LONGEST TOTAL PERIOD THERE.>>THEY’VE BEEN CHEERING HERE, BECAUSE THE CLOUD HAS MOVED. LET’S TAKE A LOOK UP THERE, YOU CAN LOOK AT THE PICTURE, I PUT MY GLASSES ON. I THINK THEY’RE VERY HAPPY WITH HOW YOU’RE WEATHER PREDICTION HAS WORKED OUT HERE. WE DIDN’T HAVE A VIEW, AND NOW YOU HAVE A VIEW. WHAT DO YOU THINK? THE CLOUD MOVED?>>IT’S AMAZING THAT IT MOVED.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT?>>IT’S REALLY SKINNY BEFORE, IT WAS PRETTY THIN, BUT NOW IT’S GOING TO BECOME ONE OF THOSE ECLIPSES YOU SEE ON THE BILLBOARDS OR ANYTHING. AND IT’S GOING TO BE COMPLETELY DARK LIKE HOW IT’S IN OUR GLASSES.>>WE’RE CLOSE TO THAT. AS I TAKE A LOOK AT — WE’RE COMING UP TO TOTALITY. WE’RE ABOUT TWO MINUTES AWAY FROM TOTALITY HERE. LOOK UP AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.>>IT’S AMAZING. >>WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF TODAY. WE JUST HEARD TOM BROKAW TALK ABOUT HOW TODAY THE NATION IS UNITED. HOW DO YOU FEEL AS YOU LOOK AROUND. NOT ONLY UP, BUT EVERYBODY HERE SEEMS TO BE POINTED IN THE SAME DIRECTION?>>IT’S WONDERFUL, TOO BAD YOU CAN’T BOTTLE THIS UP AND TAKE IT AWAY.>>I THINK HE SAYS IT REALLY WELL. WE HAVE CLOUDS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY OBSCURING IT. WHEN YOU PUT THE GLASSES ON. . I KNOW WE’RE LOOKING AT OUR SPECIAL LENS. IS THAT A CLOUD?>>MOVE.>>BOOING.>>LISTEN TO THE BOOING. WE’RE SO CLOSE TO GETTING TOTALITY. WE’LL HAVE TWO MINUTES AND 38 SECONDS. ONE OF THE THINGS THEY SAID WOULD HAPPEN IN TOTALITY, NO MATTER WHICH WAY YOU LOOKED, YOU WOULD SEE WHAT APPEARED TO BE A SUNSET. I CAN SAY IN THE 360 DEGREES I CAN SEE, ABOUT 270 DEGREES I CAN SEE HERE, IT DOES LOOK LIKE THERE’S A SUNSET ALL OVER.>>KERRY, I’M LOOKING AT YOUR VIEW INTO THE STADIUM, IT LOOKS LIKE TOTAL NIGHTTIME. IS IT DARK OUT THERE NOW?>>ARE WE ON INFRARED RIGHT NOW? NO, NO, NO. LEAVE IT UP. THAT’S HOW DARK IT IS, WE’VE DONE NOTHING SPECIAL TO THE LENS. YOU CAN SEE WHAT LOOKS LIKE A SUNSET OVER THERE, IT’S JUST THAT DARK OVER HERE, AND IT’S GETTING DARKER AS WE LOOK. OKAY, HERE WE GO.>>LISTEN TO THE CHEER. I THINK IT SAYS A LOT. LET’S LISTEN FOR A MOMENT.>>WE SWITCHED OVER TO NIGHT VISION BECAUSE DAY HAS TURNED TO NIGHT HERE. I’M GOING TO STEP DOWN OVER HERE, LET’S SEE HERE. DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SEE.>>MAN, IT’S CRAZY, LIKE, IF YOU’RE THINKING WITH THE CLOUDS IT WAS GOING TO COVER IT, YOU WERE ACTUALLY ABLE TO SEE IT, IT’S INCREDIBLE.>>WE HAD 2:38 WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET THE FULL 2:38 BECAUSE OF THE CLOUD. NOW WE’RE HOPING TO SEE THE CLOUD MOVE. AT THIS LITTLE MOMENT THAT YOU’RE SHARING WITH THE REST OF THE NATION. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IN YOUR HEART?>>IT’S INCREDIBLE ACTUALLY, TO BE HERE AMONG ALL THESE PEOPLE, FOR EVERYBODY TO COME TOGETHER TO SEE THIS, I THINK IT’S INCREDIBLE.>>I SPOKE TO A GENTLEMAN OVER HERE WHO TOLD ME, IN A DIVIDED NATION, HE’D LIKE TO BOTTLE THIS MOMENT UP AND KEEP IT. HOW DO YOU FEEL IN A COUNTRY WHERE WE HAVE SO MANY DIVISIONS. TODAY 15,000 PLUS PEOPLE ARE STANDING HERE, LOOKING UP AND SHARING A MOMENT TOGETHER.>>I THINK IT SHOWS US HOW POWERFUL WE CAN BE WHEN WE ALL COME TOGETHER. EVEN WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON. YOU HAVE ALL DIFFERENT TYPE OF FACES AND PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT CAME TOGETHER FOR THIS MOMENT, IT IS INCREDIBLE.>>IT REALLY IS.>>I’M KIND OF GIDDY AND SORT OF IN AWE OF ALL OF THIS WITH MOTHER NATURE.>>I DIDN’T KNOW THIS WAS POSSIBLE. ESPECIALLY IN OUR LIFETIME TO BE ABLE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, IT’S CRAZY, IT’S INCREDIBLE.>>THAT CLOUD LOOKS LIKE IT’S STILL MOVING ALONG, LESTER, IT’S DARK. I MEAN, IT IS DARK. INTERESTINGLY. I DON’T KNOW HOW IT SHOWS UP ON THE INFRARED. YOU CAN KIND OF SEE OFF IN THE DISTANCE WHAT IS THAT SUNSET IN VARIOUS DIRECTION ALL THE WAY ALONG ABOUT. >>DYLAN WAS DESCRIBING THE EFFECT OF THIS IT’S LITERALLY 360 DEGREES. TURN AROUND, EVERYONE’S EXCITED. AS WE LOOK UP, THERE’S SOME CHEERING. WE CAN SEE IT THROUGH THE CLOUD. LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BREAKTHROUGH. WE’RE HOPING THE CLOUD MOVES BEFORE THE MOMENT OF TOTALITY IS GONE. THEY SAID THE LONGEST IN THE COUNTRY WOULD BE RIGHT HERE AT 2:38. WAIT, HERE WE GO. IT’S NOW — THERE WE GO. I CAN SEE IT WITH MY NAKED EYE. IT’S — IT REALLY IS THAT CORONA. WOW!>>THAT’S COOL.>>I GOT TO SAY. I’M A LITTLE BREATHLESS. THIS IS A GIDDY AND AWESOME MOMENT. THERE WE GO. OKAY. THERE WE GO. AND NOW, DAYTIME IS RETURNING. LET’S TAKE A LOOK BACK UP THERE WITH THE CAMERA. DAYTIME IS RETURNING, AS YOU LOOK AT THE — THERE WE GO. PUT MY GOGGLES ON. THERE WE GO. SO — THE MOMENT OF TOTALITY WAS TO BE 2:38 HERE. I THINK WE GLIMPSED MAYBE ABOUT — I’LL BE CONFIDENT, MAYBE WE SAW ABOUT 23 SECONDS OF TOTALITY, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, NOBODY HERE SEEMS DISAPPOINTED. YOU.>>GOT THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE, AND I THINK WE WERE ALL VICARIOUSLY ALONG FOR THE RIDE THERE. THAT’S A COLLEGE STADIUM?>>COLLEGE STADIUM, WE’RE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, HOME OF THE FIGHTING SALUKI’S, AND THEY’VE COME FROM ALL OVER. PEOPLE HAVE DRIVEN LONG DISTANCES TO BE HERE, TO EXPERIENCE THIS, WE FOUND SOME PEOPLE IN THE STANDS THAT ARE FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM PAKISTAN, FROM AFGHANISTAN, FROM SPAIN. AND THEN, OF COURSE, ALL THE SURROUNDING STATES. I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, I DON’T THINK ANYBODY IS DISAPPOINTED. DISAPPOINTED YOU DIDN’T GET THE 2:34. >>YEAH. ONCE IN A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT.>>NO DISAPPOINTMENT BECAUSE OF THAT CLOUD?>>NO. IT WAS JUST AWESOME MANY. >>GREAT. THERE YOU GO. NO DISAPPOINTMENT HERE, IT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU FEEL ALL THE WAY THROUGH YOUR BODY. AND, OF COURSE, WATCHING IT. NOW WE’RE WATCHING IT GO THE OTHER WAY, LESTER.>>THANKS FOR TAKING US FOR THE RIDE. KERRY SANDERS, IN CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS. WITNESSING A SITE. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE GREAT ECLIPSE MAKING ITS WAY. IT’S GOING TO BE EXITING THE UNITED STATES IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES OR SO, CHARLESTON WILL BE THE LAST AMERICAN CITY TO GET A LOOK AT IT. THAT’S WHERE AL ROKER IS STANDING BY. AL?>>Reporter: LESTER, LOOKING UP RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE A LITTLE THICKER CLOUD COVER AT THIS POINT. SO IT’S KIND OF OBSCURED, WHEN I LOOKED AT IT, LITERALLY ABOUT 30 SECONDS AGO, WE WERE ABOUT TWO THIRDS, ALMOST THREE QUARTERS OBSCURED. NOW WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THESE FOLKS TO TRY TO COME IN. WE HAVE ALL THESE FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN WAITING. ANY DISAPPOINTMENT YET?>>NO.>>Reporter: NOT YET? STILL FEELING OKAY?>>YEAH!>>Reporter: THEY’RE STILL FEELING GOOD. WE HAVE A COUPLE FOLKS HERE, COME ON IN, WE’RE GOING TO HELP INTRODUCE YOU, SIR.>>DOUGLAS, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY.>>I’M GORDON.>>NICE TO SEE YOU, YOU GUYS ARE HERE, ARE YOU AT ALL DISAPPOINTED WITH THE CLOUD COVER AT THIS POINT?>>I THINK IT’S — WE’RE NOT SEEING AS MUCH AS WE’D LIKE TO SEE OF THE CORONA, BUT WITH THE GLASSES, WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE QUITE A LOT. IT’S STILL GOING TO BE A SPECTACULAR SHOW.>>Reporter: THIS IS YOUR BUSINESS, YOU STILL GET EXCITED ABOUT IT?>>OF COURSE.>>Reporter: WHY NOT. IT HAPPENS WITH ALL THESE PEOPLE AROUND, THE ENERGY. ONCE IN A LIFETIME ACTIVITY LIKE THIS.>>LET’S TAKE A LOOK UP QUICKLY.>>Reporter: IT’S A BIT OBSCURED AT THIS POINT. WHAT WILL WE LEARN OUT OF THIS, FROM ALL THAT’S GOING ON. WHAT DO YOU HOPE — WHAT’S THE ONE TAKEAWAY YOU’RE HOPING TO COME AWAY WITH?>>WE’RE TRYING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WAY THE SUN CORONA BEHAVES. THE REGION NEXT TO THE SUN THAT WE CAN ONLY SEE WHEN IT’S OBSCURED BY THE MOON. THIS IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY WITH ALMOST TWO-HOUR TRANSIT FROM COAST TO COAST, ALL THE ASSETS WE HAVE TO SEE THAT DYNAMIC BEHAVIOR OVER A LONG PERIOD. EVEN THOUGH IT LOOKS OBSCURED FOR US HERE, ALL OUR INSTRUMENTS ARE ABOVE THE CLOUDS AND WE’RE GETTING GREAT PICTURES AND LEARNING WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN.>>Reporter: DO YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO INSPIRE THE YOUNG KIDS HERE TO APPRECIATE STEM AND WHAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW?>>I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE AWE INSPIRING. I WORK ON A SATELLITE ORBITING THE MOON RIGHT NOW. IT USUALLY LOOKS DOWN AT THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. DURING THIS ECLIPSE, IT’S GOING TO TAKE A PICTURE OF ITS SHADOW ON EARTH. ATO AT TOTALITY, WE SHOULD ALL WAVE AT THE MOON.>>Reporter: LESTER, BACK TO YOU.>>I WANT TO GO TO STEVE ROBINSON. WE HAVE SOME SHUTTLE FLIGHTS UNDER HIS WING HE’S TAKEN. HAVE YOU FLOWN IN SPACE THROUGH THE SHADOW OF THE MOON. AND WOULD THEY BE EXPERIENCING THIS IN THE SPACE STATION? WHAT’S THE VIEW OUT THERE?>>RIGHT NOW, THE SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS, THERE ARE SIX PEOPLE ON THE SPACE STATION RIGHT NOW, THREE AMERICANS, TWO RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS AND AN ITALIAN ASTRONAUT. THEY HAVE THEIR EYES GLUED, LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE. AND THEY CAN WATCH THE SHADOW OF THE TOTALITY OF THE ECLIPSE MARCHING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. NOW, INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS GOING MORE THAN 10 TIMES AS FAST AS THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, THEY’RE ZOOMING BY IT, AND WATCHING IT FROM A DISTANCE, TAKING PICTURES AND GATHERING MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.>>I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE PICTURES THEY GET FROM THAT PARTICULAR VIEW. MOVING VERY QUICKLY. WE OFTEN HEAR ABOUT THE DANGER OF SOLAR FLAIRS THAT INCREASE RADIATION HERE ON EARTH. WHEN YOU’RE SEEING THIS CORONA. WOULD YOU HAVE A BETTER LOOK AT THAT IF THERE WAS STORM ACTIVITY ON THE SUN?>>YOU WOULD WITH TELESCOPES. YOU WOULD BE VERY LUCKY TO SEE THAT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE CROSSING OF THE ORBITS IS VERY QUICK AND VERY RARE. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF SPACE TELESCOPES IN SPACE, WHO TRY TO LOOK AT THAT. THEY AREN’T ABLE TO SEE VERY CLOSE TO THE SUN, IN A WAY THAT THE MOON GIVES US, BY BLOCKING OUT MOST OF THE SUN, AND JUST GETTING A LOOK AT THE CORONA. THAT’S WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO SEE.>>IT IS — JUST THE GLIMPSES WE’VE HAD HAVE BEEN SIMPLY REMARKABLE. IF YOU WERE JUST JOINING US, WE ARE MOVING OUR WAY ACROSS COUNTRY. WE’RE WATCHING THIS TOTAL ECLIPSE. IT’S — BY THE TIME IT LEAVES THE EAST COAST, IT WILL HAVE GONE THROUGH 14 STATES. AS WE NOTED, THIS IS SOMETHING A SHARED EXPERIENCE OF EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS GETTING SOME LEVEL OF ECLIPSE HERE, IF NOT TOTAL, FOR EXAMPLE HERE IN NEW YORK, I THINK OVER 70% OF COVERAGE. I MAY HAVE LOST A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW, HOPING TO GET A GLIMPSE OF IT, WHEN IT REACHES THAT POINT HERE IN A FEW MINUTES. THIS PICTURE, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, AS WE NEEDED THE ENTIRE CITY WITHIN THE PATH OF TOTALITY, AND WE ARE WATCHING NOW AS — I THINK — IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE COMING OUT OF THE — WE LOST THE PICTURE THERE. THIS IS ANOTHER VIEW OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. JUST A SLIVER OF THE SUN RIGHT NOW. DYLAN, EXPLAIN TO US WHY THIS IS ACCELERATING NOW AS IT GETS CLOSER TO THE SHORE?>>WELL, IT’S BECAUSE THE EARTH IS ROUND. IF YOU WERE TO SHINE A FLASHLIGHT ON A FLAT PIECE OF PAPER AND MOVE IT FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST, YOU WOULD SEE IT OCCUR IN THE SAME DURATION OF TIME FOR EACH CITY. BECAUSE THE EARTH IS ROUND IT GOES SLOWEST RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY, AND THEN IT STARTS TO SPEED UP AGAIN AS IT WRAPS AROUND. ONCE IT EXITS OFF OF SOUTH CAROLINA, YOU CAN SEE IT’S CROSSING OVER NOTHING BUT OCEAN, THAT’S WHY WE’RE REALLY FORTUNATE TO GET IT RIGHT HERE, AND ONCE IT EXITS, THAT’S IT.>>IF YOU’RE A SHIP AT SEA, YOU MAY SEE IT AT SOME POINT TODAY PASSING OVER?>>EXACTLY, IF YOU ARE RIGHT IN THAT SPOT, OTHERWISE, YOU MISS IT.>>IT’S A SCIENCE LESSON, IS THIS THE KIND OF THING YOU STUDY WHEN YOU’RE STUDYING FOR METEOROLOGY?>>THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF THAT FASCINATES ME. WE TAKE OUR SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS HERE. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE ORBIT OF THE MOON AROUND THE EARTH, IT MOVES NORTH AND SOUTH BY ABOUT FIVE DEGREES. SO OFTEN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON IS PASSING OUT INTO SPACE OR TO THE NORTH OR SOUTH POLE. YOU HAVE TO BE JUST IN THE RIGHT SPOT FOR THAT SHADOW TO CROSSOVER THE UNITED STATES. AND AGAIN, IT’S BEEN ALMOST 100 YEARS. SINCE THAT’S HAPPENED FOR US.>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S MORE EXCITING WATCHING THE IMAGES FROM THE SUN AND THE MOON OR WATCHING THE FACES AND THE REACTIONS OF THE CROWDS IN THOSE PLACES WHEN IT REACHES TOTALITY. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK, WE’LL CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA CERTAINLY WAITING FOR ITS MOMENT IN THE SUN. OR OUT OF THE SUN THERE. THEY’RE DODGING THE CLOUDS THERE. WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT SITUATION HERE AS THEY WAIT FOR THE CLOUDS TO PART THERE. THAT WILL BE THE LAST U.S. CITY THAT WILL EXPERIENCE THIS ECLIPSE. THERE IS THE IMAGE RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN SEE THE MOON TAKING UP — THE VIEW FROM CHARLESTON, THEY’RE GETTING THIS VIEW BELOW THE CLOUDS. NOT SURE WHERE THIS CAMERA IS COMING FROM HERE, THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE THERE AS IT CONTINUES TO PASS IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA RIGHT NOW. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK NOW AND CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE 2017 TOTAL ECLIPSE HERE ON NBC NEWS. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>>WE’RE BACK LIVE NOW. THIS IS THE IMAGE OF SWEETWATER, TENNESSEE, VIRTUALLY IN A TOTAL ECLIPSE HERE. I’M NOT SURE THE PERCENTAGE. THAT MAY BE A TOTAL ECLIPSE AS WE CONTINUE OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE FIRST COAST TO COAST TOTAL ECLIPSE TO SWEEP OUR NATION IN NEARLY A CENTURY. IT’S BEEN ACCELERATING AS IT WORKS ITS WAY FROM THE NORTHWEST, WHERE WE INITIALLY GOT A GLIMPSE OF IT, AND MAKES ITS WAY TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA TO EXIT THE CONTINENTAL U.S. LET’S GET TO DYLAN DREYER. SOCIAL MEDIA IS GOING CRAZY.>>YOU KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. LOOK AT THE SHADOW OF THE MOON CROSSING OVER THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, IT’S FASCINATING TO SEE HOW QUICKLY IT’S RACING, MOVING AT ABOUT 1500 MILES PER HOUR, TRAVERSING THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES IN JUST 90 MINUTES. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, PEOPLE WILL BE POSTING PICTURES ALL DAY LONG. EVEN THE PETS ARE PROTECTED. TOTALLY READY, ALTHOUGH I THINK THEY’RE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW NOT TO LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT THE GLASSES. JUST IN CASE, HE’S GOT THEM ON. ANOTHER PICTURE HERE, TAKING A LOOK AT THAT SCIENCE PROJECT WHERE YOU CAN JUST PROJECT THE PICTURE OF THE ECLIPSE THROUGH A PIN HOLE ON TO WHAT LOOKS LIKE A BOARD THERE, SO CERTAINLY SEEING THAT COOL PICTURE THERE, IT WOULD BE NICE TO DRAW THAT IN, AND TRACE THAT OUT. WE ALSO HAVE ANOTHER PICTURE OF THIS GIRL HERE. LOOK HOW CUTE THAT IS, AFTER ALL, WE ARE LOOKING AT THE SUN, SO IT’S BEST TO PROTECT YOUR WHOLE FACE FROM GETTING ANY SORT OF SUNBURN. THAT CAN HAPPEN. WE ALSO HAVE ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE ECLIPSE HAPPENING. THIS IS THAT PARTIAL ECLIPSE THAT STARTS TO HAPPEN AS THE MOON FIRST CROSSES BETWEEN EARTH AND SUN AND THE CRESCENT SHAPE WE’RE SEEING THERE HAS REALLY JUST TAKEN SO MANY PEOPLE’S BREATH AWAY. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE ALL THE PICTURES POSTED ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER, I HAVE A FEELING THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PHOTOS TO COME.>>SOME OF THE IMAGES REMIND ME OF THE PICTURES FROM THE ’50s AND ’60s WEARING 3-D GLASSES. THAT’S A PICTURE FROM GEORGIA. TELL ME THE CITY YOU’RE IN? RAVEN GAP, GEORGIA IS WHERE THIS IMAGE IS COMING TO US FROM. THAT IMAGE DYLAN SHOWED US A MOMENT AGO, SHOWING US THE SHADOW, REMINDED US THIS IS A SHARED EXPERIENCE, EVEN IN PLACES WHERE THERE’S NO TOTAL ECLIPSE, WE ARE FEELING SOME EFFECT OF THE SUN BEING PARTIALLY BLOTTED OUT BY THE PASSING OF THE MOON. LET’S GO BACK OUT TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, IT WILL BE THE EXIT POINT FOR THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES OF THIS ECLIPSE. IT’S ALSO A TROUBLE SPOT. THEY HAVE CLOUDS OFFERING A HIDE AND SEEK VIEW OF THE SUN. AL ROKER IS THERE. AL?>>Reporter: ACTUALLY, LESTER, WE HAVE A BREAK — WE HAVE SOME BREAKS IN THE CLOUDS NOW, THIS IS ABOUT AS BRIGHT AS ITS COME, THIS CLOSE. IT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING NOW?>>LOVING IT. CAME ALL THE WAY FROM VERMONT FOR THIS.>>Reporter: YOU CAME FROM VERMONT?>>YES, WE DO. THAT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>AWESOME, AMAZING.>>Reporter: WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?>>FLORIDA.>>Reporter: HAVE YOU CHECKED IT OUT? WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I THINK IT’S AWESOME, PRETTY AWESOME.>>Reporter: YOU HAVE A MUCH BETTER ADVANTAGE POINT, YOU’RE A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE SUN RIGHT NOW, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?>>IT’S REALLY COOL. REALLY COOL. THAT’S THE GENERAL CONSENSUS, AND GUYS, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, IT’S COOLER NOW. IT’S ABOUT 10 DEGREES COOLER THAN IT WAS JUST ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO. AND IT’S STARTING TO GET A LITTLE DARKER NOW. THE SHADOWS ARE STARTING TO SHARPEN UP, WHICH IS KIND OF INTERESTING. LET’S BRING IN DR. JEN ONE MORE TIME. WE’RE STARTING TO GET THIS KIND OF TWILIGHT NOW?>>YES, IN TOTALITY IF IT WAS CLEAR, YOU WOULD SEE A PINK HORIZON LIKE DAWN AND DUSK?>>Reporter: RIGHT NOW, WE ARE LITERALLY 360 RINGED BY CLOUDS. JUST ENOUGH OVERHEAD.>>I THINK IT’S FANTASTIC. THIS IS GOING CLEAR UP. I THINK YOU BROUGHT US GREAT LUCK. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE CLEAR SKY IN A FEW MINUTES IN TOTALITY. THEN YOU CAN TAKE YOUR GLASSES OFF. IN TOTALITY. AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL SEE THE CORONA AND ALL THESE THINGS WE CANNOT SEE WITH OUR NAKED EYE.>>Reporter: TELL ME ABOUT BAILEY’S BEADS. >>THE SUN WILL SHINE THROUGH THE VALLEYS AND THE HILLS, SO THE MOON — >>Reporter: OF THE MOON?>>OF THE MOON. THE MOON’S SURFACE IS NOT SMOOTH. AS IT GOES THROUGH TOTALITY, THESE VALLEYS ALLOW THE SUNLIGHT TO SPARKLE AND IT’S CALLED BAILEY’S BEAD. THERE’S ANOTHER PHENOMENON CALLED THE DIAMOND RING, THE LAST BIT OF HUNDREDLIGHT THAT GOES BEHIND THE MOON WILL BE A DIAMOND AND THERE’S AN ANNULUS OF LIGHT THAT FORMS THE RING.>>WE’RE LOOKING AT CLEMSON SOUTH CAROLINA RIGHT NOW, WE’RE ONLY ABOUT I WOULD GUESS FIVE MINUTES FROM TOTALITY HERE. AND WHAT — WHY DO THE SHADOWS, WE LOOK RIGHT NOW, AARON, IF YOU COULD PINT DOWN. WHY ARE OUR SHADOWS SHARPENING UP LIKE THIS?>>BECAUSE THE SUN IS NO LONGER THIS BIG DISK, SO IT’S GETTING LIKE A SPOTLIGHT, GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A SHADOW BECAUSE THE SOURCE OF LIGHT FROM FROM THE SUN IS GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER.>>Reporter: AS THE SHADOW OF THE MOON EXITS HERE, IT’S ACTUALLY SPEEDING UP, WHY IS THAT?>>I THINK IT’S DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE’RE COMING TO THE END OF THE ECLIPSE LENGTH. AND IT’S THE DEEPER ANGLE THAT’S — >>AND WE’RE WATCHING PRESIDENT TRUMP RIGHT NOW AND FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP. I THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD HIS GLASSES IN ONE HAND. HE ABSOLUTELY WILL NEED THEM. HE’S STANDING IN THE SHADOWS RIGHT NOW, I GUESS HE’S WAITING — >>YEAH, 2:42 IS THE TIME THAT THEY REACH THE MAXIMUM IN WASHINGTON, D.C.. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GET TOTAL, I THINK SOMETHING IN THE 80% RANGE OF COVERAGE. >>IT WOULD BE ABOUT 80%. THERE’S THE FIRST LADY NOW LOOKING UP. COMMERCE SECRETARY I THINK.>>IVANKA TRUMP. >>THAT’S GREAT. THIS IS WHAT I THINK IS INTERESTING ABOUT THIS. NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, HOW POWERFUL YOU ARE, WHERE YOU ARE, THIS IS BRINGING EVERYBODY TOGETHER.>>YOU CAN’T WATCH A TOTAL ECLIPSE BY YOURSELF. I KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE A SPIRITUAL EVENT IF YOU DO THAT, BUT IT’S FOR THE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE OVER HERE, OVER THE ENERGY OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND US. TO SHARE THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT WITH ALL THESE PEOPLE.>>WE ALMOST GOT CLEAR SKIES AHEAD.>>THIS IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC.>>OH, WOW! LOOK AT THAT. EVERYBODY REALLY EXCITED. IT WAS GREAT BEFORE, WHAT ABOUT NOW?>>SPECTACULAR.>>Reporter: AND IT’S ALMOST AN EERIE. WE’RE SEEING SOME LIGHTNING FLASHES JUST PAST THE BRIDGE. AND YET WE HAVE CLEAR SKIES ON TOP OF US.>>YOU MUST HAVE BROUGHT US TREMENDOUS GOOD LUCK. IT’S ENTIRELY OVERCAST FOR MOST OF THE MORNING. NOW, LOOK AT IT. TOTALITY WILL COME OUT FROM THE EDGE OF THE CLOUD, WE MAY SEE THE CORONA.>>Reporter: HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THIS BEFORE?>>THIS IS MY FIRST FULL ECLIPSE. I’VE SEEN PARTIAL ECLIPSES. ECLIPSE OCCURS EVERY 18 MONTHS. PEOPLE WILL CHASE ECLIPSE. THEY GO ON CHARTER FLIGHTS, THEY GO ON SHIPS. FAR OFF PLACES. IT’S JUST THE LOW CAL, AND SEEING — YOU KNOW, AN INCREDIBLE EVENT LIKE THIS.>>Reporter: THIS MAY BE THE FIRST WHERE WE HAVE LIGHTNING GOING ON, AND A TOTAL ECLIPSE AT THE SAME TIME.>>NOTICE HOW DARK THINGS ARE BECOMING?>>Reporter: THERE’S THE PRESIDENT NOW, AND THE FIRST LADY PUTTING ON THEIR GLASSES. YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK IS GREAT? THE PRESIDENT HAS THE SAME CARDBOARD GLASSES AS EVERYBODY ELSE.>>THESE ARE NASA GLASSES.>>Reporter: YOU’RE LOOKING AT COLOMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, THEY’RE IN TOTAL ECLIPSE RIGHT NOW.>>THEY’RE GOING TO GET AN ECLIPSE LONGER THAN HOURS. WE’RE ON THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE 70 MILE MAXIMUM ECLIPSE ZONE. WE’RE GOING TO GET AN ECLIPSE WHICH IS ABOUT 1:33. THEY GET ABOUT 2:00.>>30 SECONDS MORE THAN WE WOULD?>>YES, YES. AND IF YOU’RE AT THE CENTER OF THIS ZONE, YOU GET ABOUT 2:30. >>AL, I SEE YOU’RE ABOUT FOUR MINUTES AWAY.>>1:30 IS GREAT.>>IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING MUCH DARKER.>>Reporter: IT IS GETTING DARKER, IT’S THIS DWILT. AND AS THE DOCTOR SAID, YOU CAN’T REALLY SEE THAT 360 SUNSET FEEL BECAUSE OF THE CLOUDS, BUT AS A CONSOLATION, WE ARE ON THE DECK OF THIS USS YORKTOWN, WE ARE STARTING TO SEE WHAT’S GOING TO BE THE TOTAL ECLIPSE. I DON’T KNOW, WE HAVE THAT FILTERED CLOUDINESS, DOCTOR. WILL WE SEE THE CORONA?>>I DON’T KNOW. THE CORONA IS AS BRIGHT AS A FULL MOON. YOU DON’T SEE IT IN ORDINARY DAYLIGHT, THE SUN OVERPOWERS THE CORONA. THERE’S A CHANCE. IT DOESN’T MATTER — IT DEPENDS HOW THICK THIS CLOUD COVER IS.>>Reporter: WE’RE JUST ABOUT THERE, ONLY A FEW MINUTES LESTER FROM THIS HAPPENING. AND THERE YOU CAN SEE ON THE WHITE HOUSE THE BACK OF THE WHITE HOUSE — THE SOUTHERN PORTICO, THEY’RE ENJOYING IT.>>EVERYONE WATCHING THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY. YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT WE HAVE ABOUT — CLOSE TO MAYBE HALF — >>Reporter: LOOK BEHIND YOU THE LIGHTNING FLASHES GOING ON. THIS IS MOTHER NATURE AT THE MOST INCREDIBLE YOU COULD POSSIBLY ASK FOR. YOU CAN HEAR THE THUNDER. WOW! THAT IS AMAZING.>>YOU HAVE LIGHTNING, THUNDER AND ECLIPSE. I’M WAITING FOR THE LOCUSTS.>>Reporter: YOU’RE RIGHT, LESTER, I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S NEXT. WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO IT BEING THE FULL SOLAR ECLIPSE. THIS IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. EVERYBODY IS GETTING EXCITED.>>THERE’S A COUNTDOWN TUNE.>>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>IT’S AWESOME. IT’S AMAZING. IT FEELS DIFFERENT. WE CAME FROM SAVANNAH GEORGIA, ON THIS BEAUTIFUL NAVY SHIP, WE’RE HAVING A GREAT TIME.>>Reporter: DO YOU FEEL A SENSE OF COMMUNITY OUT HERE?>>OH, YEAH, THIS IS GREAT.>>THIS IS REALLY COOL.>>Reporter: THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE.>>THERE IT GOES P.M. 2:47 IS THE TIME THAT CHARLESTON WILL BE IN TOTAL ECLIPSE. YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT QUICKLY DIMMING HERE.>>Reporter: IT REALLY IS, IT’S THIS DARK KIND OF TWILIGHT. WE HAVE FILTERED CLOUDINESS RIGHT NOW. WE’RE WAITING TO SEE IF WE’RE GOING TO SEE THE CORONA WITH OUR GLASSES. >>YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR GLASSES OFF TO SEE THE CORONA. ONCE TOTALITY OCCURS YOU CAN LOOK AT — >>Reporter: ALMOST, NOT QUITE. LOOK AT THAT. SEASON THE THAT AMAZING.>>YOU CAN SEE IT WITHOUT THE GLASSES AT THIS POINT. WOW! PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO BOO, THERE’S A LAYER OF CLOUDINESS. I THINK THIS IS GOING TO MOVE THROUGH QUICKLY. WE WILL GET TO SEE IT. LOOK AT HOW DARK IT’S GETTING.>>THIS IS AMAZING.>>Reporter: WHOA! LOOK AT THE LIGHTNING. THERE IT IS. WE’RE ABOUT TO CLEAR THIS AREA, THIS AREA OF CLOUDS.>>LOOK AT THAT.>>Reporter: EVERYBODY GETTING EXCITED NOW. THAT’S IT. OKAY, WE ARE IN TOTALITY, LESTER, YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THAT — THERE IT IS, THERE’S THE CORONA.>>LOOK AT THE LIGHTS ON IN CHARLESTON.>>Reporter: THERE IT IS. HOW DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW?>>IT’S INCREDIBLE, ISN’T IT?>>Reporter: CORONA, LIGHTNING FLASHES.>>AND LOOK AT ALL THESE PEOPLE.>>Reporter: AND ALL THESE PEOPLE. HOW GREAT IS THIS?>>YOU’RE GOING TO TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THIS.>>TAKE OFF THE GLASSES. THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE. FORGET ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION, HOW DO YOU FEEL AS A HUMAN?>>YOU KNOW, YOU THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS THEORETICALLY. ARE WE SEEING BAILEY’S BEADS THERE?>>YEAH, THOSE ARE BAILEY’S BEADS, MAYBE PROMINENCES FROM THE SUN. YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS THEORETICALLY, YOU SEE IT EYEWITNESS, IT’S JUST FANTASTIC. RIGHT?>>AND TO HAVE THE ENERGY OF ALL THESE PEOPLE AROUND US.>>Reporter: WE’RE SEEING — THIS IS HAPPENING JUST IN TIME, WE REALLY DO HAVE LIGHTNING FLASHES ALL AROUND US. THEY LIMITED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE ON THE DECK OF THE USS YORKTOWN, BECAUSE IF THERE IS SEVERE WEATHER, THEY HAVE TO EVACUATE. AND THIS IS — WE’RE ABOUT — AS YOU KNOW, ON AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, WE’RE ABOUT 5, 6 STORIES UP, LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THAT IS, THE COLORS WE’RE SEEING.>>THAT’S GREAT.>>Reporter: NOW WE’RE STARTING TO SEE THE OTHER SIDE.>>THAT’S THE DIAMOND RING I’M TALKING ABOUT.>>Reporter: THAT’S THE DIAMOND RING?>>YES. THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.>>Reporter: AND NOW SUDDENLY THE SKY IS STARTING TO LIGHTEN UP. >>GLASSES BACK ON, FOLKS. OH, MY GOSH.>>Reporter: ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? 11 OR 12. LOOK AT HOW MUCH LIGHTER THE SKY IS OVER THIS WAY. ALL OF A SUDDEN. THIS IS REALLY. LOOK AT THESE KIDS. STEPHANIE RUEHL IS HERE. >>THIS IS THE COOLEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN. I CANNOT BELIEVE I GOT TO EXPERIENCE THIS.>>Reporter: YOUR SON IS HERE. THIS IS REALLY SPECIAL. LOOK AT THIS, THE LIGHT IS COMING BACK. HOW ABOUT THAT. OH, MY GOLLY, THIS IS REALLY UNBELIEVABLE. MY COLLEAGUE TOM COSTELLO ON MSNBC RIGHT NOW.>>I’M DONE.>>Reporter: HOW AMAZING WAS THIS?>>IT WAS SPECTACULAR. NOT ONLY TO SEE IT WITH THE CLOUD COVER AND THE BREAK. I THINK WE HAD SOME DIVINE INTERVENTION.>>Reporter: WE REALLY DID. LIGHTNING.>>ON ANY OTHER DAY WITH THAT LIGHTNING STORM, THEY WOULD HAVE CLEARED THE DECK OF THIS AIRCRAFT CARRIER. THAT WAS SERIOUS. TO GET BOTH SHOWS AT ONCE WAS AMAZING.>>Reporter: WE WERE HERE FOR THIS, WE WERE ALL HERE FOR THIS. HOW DO YOU FEEL, YOU WERE HERE? YOU HAVE SEEN HISTORY.>>AL ROKER LEADING THE CHEERS THERE IN CHARLESTON. THEY ARE THE LAST FOLKS IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES TO WITNESS THIS INCREDIBLE MOMENT. THIS SOLAR ECLIPSE THAT IS MOVING LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE TOTALITY WILL BE SEEN LEAVING THE SHORE. BRIEFLY, DR. JOHN TORRES, AL, RIGHTFULLY, THE MOMENT THEY SAW THE GLOBE BEGIN TO APPEAR, GLASSES BACK ON.>>DURING TOTALITY, YOU CAN LOOK AT IT, YOU’RE NOT GETTING THE ULTRAVIOLET INFRARED RAYS PEEKING OUT. THE WARNING TO PEOPLE, IF FOR SOME REASON YOU DIDN’T USE GLASSES OR YOU START TO NOTICE VISION PROBLEMS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS OR UP TO A MONTH FROM NOW, GET IT CHECKED OUT, IT COULD BE DAMAGE YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD.>>ANOTHER TIME WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE DANGER OF STANDING ON AN OPEN AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN A LIGHTNING STORM.>>>WE’LL TAKE A BREAK AND BE BACK WITH MORE AFTER THIS. EVEN THOUGH THE CLOUDS, IT WAS>>>WE’RE BACK NOW WITH OUR SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE THE FIRST COAST TO COAST TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE TO SWEEP ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN NEARLY A CENTURY, HOPEFULLY WHEREVER YOU ARE TODAY YOU’VE BEEN ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THIS ON SOME LEVEL. NOT EVERY PLACE SAW THE TOTAL ECLIPSE. BUT EVERY PART OF THE UNITED STATES TOUCHED BY THIS EXPERIENCE. WE WANT TO WORK OUR WAY BACK TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY HERE, PEOPLE DESCRIBED THIS AS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. OUR OWN KATE SNOW IS ON VACATION IN OREGON. A VACATION THAT WAS PLANNED AROUND THIS ECLIPSE. AND SHE’S GOING TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES OUT OF HER VACATION TO SHARE THE MOMENT. WHAT WAS IT LIKE, KATE?>>Reporter: LESTER, IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. UNREAL, I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING — OBVIOUSLY NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT, NEVER FELT ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE. AND I THINK IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL TO BE WITH MY INTIRE FAMILY. THIS IS MY DAD DEAN. IT WAS HIS IDEA THREE YEARS AGO, BECAUSE THE FIRST ONE YOU SAW WAS IN THE ’50s WHEN YOU WERE 13 YEARS OLD. WHY DID YOU WANT US ALL TO COME OUT?>>BECAUSE IT WAS A MIND ALTERING EXPERIENCE FOR ME WAY BACK THEN. I’LL NEVER FORGET IT, I WANTED THE WHOLE FAMILY TO EXPERIENCE THIS.>>Reporter: WE HAVE MY PARENTS HERE, MY BROTHER, MY SISTER, MY NIECES AND NEPHEWS. MY KIDS ARE HERE. GABE, WHEN IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED AND WE COULD SEE THE TOTALITY, WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>I THOUGHT IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST CRAZIEST THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE. IT WAS LIGHT AND TEN SECONDS LATER IT WAS LIKE THE EVENING. I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS EXPERIENCE I’VE HAD HERE.>>IT WAS COLD TOO, IT GOT CHILLY.>>I THINK IT’S HARD TO DESCRIBE IN WORDS, LESTER, WHAT IT ACTUALLY FEELS LIKE TO SEE IT IN PERSON. I’VE SEEN IT IN PICTURES, I’VE SEEN IT ON TV, TO BE HERE IN PERSON WAS SOMETHING ELSE. TO BE WITH OUR WHOLE FAMILY, I’M NOT GOING TO MAKE MY MOM CRY. WE’VE ALREADY PLEDGED WE’RE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN IN SEVEN YEARS, WE’RE GOING TO TRAVEL SOMEWHERE, AND WE’RE ALL GOING TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN.>>YOU MAY HAVE AN EXPANDED FAMILY BY THEN, THE REST OF US MAY WANT TO JOIN.>>KATE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE OWE YOU AN EXTRA DAY OF VACATION. TELL THEM I SAID IT’S OKAY.>>>WE GO TO KASPAR, WYOMING, WHERE GAUDY SCHWARTZ IS.>>Reporter: LISTENING TO KATE AND LISTENING TO THE PATH OF TOTALITY AND TOTALITY HAPPENING IN OTHER PLACES, WE’VE BEEN LISTENING TO IT IN OUR EAR. OUR WHOLE CREW HERE FEELS THE SAME THING. WHEN YOU HEAR THE CHEERS ERUPTING, YOU KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOING THROUGH. HERE ON THE OTHER END OF IT, WE’VE GONE JUST PAST THE POINT WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE THIS ECLIPSE IS OVER, YOU’RE LEFT WITH ALMOST LIKE A SENSE OF — NOT EMPTINESS, BUT YOU WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN, YOU JUST HEARD KATE TALKING ABOUT IT, I HAVE THE SAME WEIRD FEELING KNOWING THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS VERY OFTEN. KNOWING THE CHANCES OF THIS HAPPENING HERE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM ARE PRETTY ASTRONOMICAL, AND KNOWING THERE’S ANOTHER ONE COMING IN 2024, IT’S SOMETHING YOU CAN’T REALLY PUT INTO WORDS AND SO YOU JUST HAVE TO CHASE THESE ECLIPSES. AND I’M HOPING FOR ANOTHER ONE IN MY LIFETIME.>>EXCITING. THE EXCITEMENT HAS BEEN INFECTIOUS FROM ALL OUR CORRESPONDENTS. GADI, SCHWARTZ, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE LAST TIME WE SAW A TOTAL ECLIPSE WAS IN 1979. WE WON’T HAVE TO WAIT NEARLY THAT LONG FOR THE NEXT ONE. IT WILL BE 2024.>>>BE SURE TO JOIN US FOR OUR LIVE PRIME TIME COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION, SPEAKING ABOUT AFGHANISTAN AND HIS PLAN GOING-FORWARD. THE SPEECH BEGINS AT 9:00 P.M. EASTERN, 6:00 PACIFIC. WE HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US FOR THAT.>>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS

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