NEWPORT, Ore. — The sky darkened. The temperature dropped.
And suddenly, where the sun should have been was instead a black circle, ringed by a halo of light — like a diamond ring in the morning’s night sky.
The total eclipse hit the coast of Oregon at 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time, stunning the crowd on the beach in Newport into an eery, brief silence.
Then, came an avalanche of whoops, cheers and whistles.
Glowing amid the darkness was the sun’s corona — a beautiful halo of writhing exceedingly hot gas — invisible under normal circumstances, now suddenly and beautifully on display.
But it didn’t last long.
A minute later, the sun was already breaking through, blazing a silver light over the edge of the moon.
“Boy that didn’t last long did it?” a woman said over the lens of a camera on a tripod as the sun began to emerge again.