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A D.C. neighborhood: The cats freaked out, and everyone looked up
Ian Stirton (The Washington Post/Tara Bahrampour)

In the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., it looked like someone had sprinkled tiny crescent moons all over the sidewalk, as the dappled light under the trees created thousands of pinhole reflections of the eclipse.

Still, when Ian Stirton, a dog walker, lifted eclipse glasses to his eyes at the peak of the event, he thrilled to the spectacle.

“Oh yeah, I see it, look, look!,” he exclaimed. “Oh yeah, it’s really cool!”

His neighbor Linn Meyers, an artist, had just returned home from Friendship Heights, where people had spilled outdoors to see the event.

“It looked like a scene from “Close Encounters,” or something; everyone’s up there looking up at the sky and they’re all in their suits.”

Neighbor Elizabeth Ashe, another artist (“hey, it’s Mount Pleasant”) wore paint-splattered jeans as she sat on her stoop in the dim midday light. “I think my cats are freaked out and they don’t even know why,” she said. “One, he woke up and squeaked, and he let me pick him up – he’s not a hold-me cat and he wanted to be held.”

The street felt quiet, as if even the insects were holding their breath. Stirton’s dog Chuck waited patiently as he took another look at the sun, which had narrowed to a sliver.

“I’m 72, so does that mean I’ll get to see another eclipse?” he asked. Hearing there would be one in 2024, he seemed relieved. “Oh,” he said, “I might still be alive.”

2017 Solar eclipse live updates: Weather, photos, traffic and more

The solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States Monday begins at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, noon Eastern, when the moon takes a bite out of the sun for viewers in Oregon. The eclipse will reach totality for coastal Oregon at 10:19 local time. Over the course of 90 minutes, the moon’s full shadow will zip across a 70-mile-wide, 3,000-mile-long path cutting through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina. Finally at 2:49 p.m. Eastern time, it will disappear off the coast of Charleston, S.C.

The partial eclipse will be visible throughout the continental United States.

We’ll be bringing you live updates from across the United States, with photos, video, drone footage, social media highlights, and reports from two dozen staff and freelance writers.