21 cosmically awesome photos that made the solar eclipse look supernatural

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Aug 21, 2017

Eclipse Day 2017 was a much bigger deal than when I was a third-grader whose worst problem during a solar eclipse was recess being canceled out of paranoia that we'd go blind.

Turns out that we probably would have fried our eyeballs, but that's beside the point. This one was so monumental that even school was canceled in many areas. Of course, that may have something to do with this one having a path of totality that stretched in an arc over 14 states, with partial views visible from the rest of the nation so long as you wore those magic glasses. Not to mention the jammed highways, overbooked hotels, illegal parking, and epic crowds that resulted from so many stargazers wanting a glimpse of that elusive blackout.

You didn't have to have any sort of mind-reading powers to know that this phenomenon would go positively viral on social media, with my and everyone else's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds populated by every conceivable eclipse-related hashtag. The internet is positively glowing with solar coronas and crescent moons (and a weirdly insane amount of eclipse glasses), but some shots tagged #Eclipse or #EclipseDay or #SolarEclipse2017 just shine brighter.

Here are 21 surreal photos of this spectacle in space that eclipse the rest.

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Shine on.

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It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen, too.

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Halloween came early.

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This one almost looks like the crescent moon on Luna's head in Sailor Moon.

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Of course NASA would capture an image this stunning.

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Right place, right prop, right lighting, right time.

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Once upon a (temporary) midnight dreary ...

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Trippy tie-dye sky.

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The Light Side meets the Dark Side.

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I want a moon in every color.

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NASA does it again.

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Unreal.

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Even more unreal.

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Unicorns live here.

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Makes putting up wtih air sickness totally worth it.

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How space does abstract art.

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This is NASA tier.

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My new desktop background.

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If this doesn't make your jaw drop ...

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... this will.

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Excuse me while I go pick my jaw up off the floor.