Today's the day! After much hype, excitement, and confusion (When can I see it? Will it really fry my eyeballs?) the Great American Eclipse is here, beginning in the small town of Depoe Bay, Oregon, at 10:15 a.m. PST, crawling across the country, and disappearing off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina at 2:49 p.m. EST. Although only people located within the narrow "path of totality" are able to witness a total eclipse, the rest of us get still get to enjoy a partial eclipse, as well as pictures from those within the "path of totality."
Photographing an eclipse is no small feat, not necessarily because it will blow out your smartphone (both NASA and Apple have said your phone will probably be fine as long as you don't keep it pointed towards the sun for too long) but because the digital zoom on most smartphones will likely leave the picture pixelated. Furthermore, while aiming their camera, you may be tempted to sneak a quick peak at the eclipse, which could seriously damage your eyes.
So, while it's possible to photograph the eclipse with your smartphone (the Washington Post published a step-by-step guide) it's a little more complicated than just pointing and shooting. Fortunately for those of us who are outside the "path of totality," or too lazy to learn the intricacies of astrophotography, other more industrious souls have taken it upon themselves to document this historical moment, and capture some stunning photographs.
Here are some pictures from the path of totality, with more to come.