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Watchers at the Watergate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With minutes to go before the eclipse reached it peak in Washington, dozens of workers from the Watergate Office Building gathered on the lawn of the Watergate apartments.

In high spirits, they looked upward through their eclipse glasses. Adding to the picnic atmosphere was a table of refreshments. A reporter was offered a Moon Pie. He took the chocolate. Also available was Eclipse Gum.

By about 2:45 it was cloudy again. A few people looked at the sky from balconies at the apartment house.

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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