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Va. library packed with watchers
Amanda Johnson of Dumfries, Va., aims her camera skyward for a photo of the eclipse in Woodbridge. (Antonio Olivo/The Washington Post)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Scores of hopeful eclipse watchers lined up at the Chinn Park Regional Library in Woodbridge, where library staffers handed out free viewing glasses.

By 2 p.m., when the moon covered a sliver of the sun, all the glasses were gone.

Dozens of people, many of them parents with children, shared their glasses. As a bank of clouds wafted in, they looked skyward and gasped.

“This is a sight you only experience once in a lifetime,” said Jerome Johnson, who closed his nearby Dunkin’ Donuts franchise to bring his kids, cousins and siblings. “I had to bring everyone.”

By 2:05, the clouds had completely covered the sun and the crowd dissolved. Some walked into the library for a lesson on eclipses.

“At least we got to see some of it,” Johnson said before heading home.

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.

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