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The solar eclipse transformed America, at least for a few moments

The solar eclipse transformed America, at least for a few moments

Millions of Americans gasped and groaned Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years zoomed across the country, dazzling many but disappointing some whose view was obscured by clouds.

For about 90 minutes the shadow of the moon raced over mountains, plains and forests at twice the speed of sound, from the coast of Oregon to the Atlantic wetlands of South Carolina.

For the lucky viewers, it was glorious.

"Awesome!" people said over and over.

"That was nuts," said Sage Reuter, 20, in Culver, Oregon.

"You weren't kidding about the goose bumps," a man in Casper, Wyoming, said.

Onlookers cheered, rang...

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