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Live photos: watch the total solar eclipse unfold across the country

On Monday, millions of Americans will catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse that will hurtle across America at about 2,000 miles per hour. It’s a tremendous visual spectacle that everyone from kids on iPhones to NASA’s top scientists will be documenting with photos and video. (For more on what scientists can learn about the sun by photographing an eclipse, read this piece by Vox’s Brian Resnick.)

For the towns and cities along the 70-mile-wide path of totality, which stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse has also been a rare opportunity to attract thousands of visitors from around the world. Many communities have planned eclipse festivals, astronomy talks, science education, and special musical events (like Close Encounters of the Symphonic Kind in Casper, Wyoming, for instance) to celebrate.

The towns — as well as the national parks — along the path are also expecting heavy traffic and strains on local infrastructure from the huge crowds flocking to this narrow band of the country.

Here are a few of our favorite images of this very special astronomical event, the likes of which hasn’t been visible from the contiguous United States since 1979. We'll be updating this post throughout the day with images of the eclipse itself as well as the crowds viewing it on the ground.

St. Louis, Missouri

The Gateway Arch in a multiple exposure photograph.
Jeff Roberson/AP

Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Mic Smith/AP

Washington, DC

US Naval Observatory
Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Atlanta, Georgia

David Goldman/AP
David Goldman/AP

New York, New York

Liberty Island
Seth Wenig/AP
Michael Noble Jr./AP

Carbondale, Illinois

Saluki Stadium, Southern Illinois University
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Birmingham, Alabama

Brynn Anderson/AP

Menan, Idaho

Natalie Behring/Getty Images
Natalie Behring/Getty Images
Natalie Behring/Getty Images

Mexico City, Mexico

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Rebecca Blackwell/AP

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Rebecca Blackwell/AP

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We might include your response in a story to help people understand what it feels like to see the sun completely obscured by the moon.

New York, New York

Michael Noble Jr./AP

Miami, Florida

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
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The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
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Golden, Colorado

Colorado School of Mines
Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images

New York, New York

Empire State Building
Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Boston, Massachusetts

Children's Museum
Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Acton, Massachusetts

Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Washington, DC

US Capitol
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Charleston, South Carolina

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Indianapolis, Indiana

Holiday Park
Darron Cummings/AP

New York, New York

Top of the Rock' observatory, Rockefeller Center
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
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'Top of the Rock' observatory, Rockefeller Center
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
'Top of the Rock' observatory, Rockefeller Center
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Columbia, South Carolina

Spirit Communications Park
Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Win McNamee/Getty Images

Las Vegas, Nevada

Stratosphere hotel and casino
John Locher/AP

Alto Pass, Illinois

Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Nashville, Tennesse

John Minchillo/AP

Boston, Massachusetts

Children's Museum
Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Falls City, Nebraska

Nati Harnik/AP

Washington, DC

The White House
Andrew Harnik/AP

Los Angeles, California

California Science Center
Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Washington, DC

The White House
Alex Brandon/AP

Portland, Oregon

Craig Mitchelldyer/AP

Los Angeles, California

Griffith Observatory
Richard Vogel/AP

Jackson, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park
George Frey/Getty Images

Charleston, South Carolina

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Los Angeles, California

Griffith Observatory
Richard Vogel/AP

Charleston, South Carolina

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Casper, Wyoming

South Mike Sedar Park
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Jackson, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park
George Frey/Getty Images

Salem, Oregon

Don Ryan/AP

Redmond, Oregon

Ted S. Warren/AP

Mitchell, Oregon

Big Summit Prairie ranch, Ochoco National Forest
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mitchell, Oregon

Big Summit Prairie ranch, Ochoco National Forest
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Ross Lake, Washington

Northern Cascades National Park
Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images
Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Salem, Oregon

Andrew Selsky/AP
Don Ryan/AP

Ross Lake, Washington

Northern Cascades National Park
Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Washington, DC

Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum
Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Carbondale, Illinois

Saluki Stadium, Southern Illinois University
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Casper, Wyoming

South Mike Sedar Park
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Jackson, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park
George Frey/Getty Images

Prineville, Oregon, August 20

Big Summit Eclipse 2017 event near Prineville, Ore. The full solar eclipse will happen Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
Big Summit Eclipse event
Oregon State Police/AP

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