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An eery, brief silence. Then whoops and cheers.

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.

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.