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Science's Super Bowl: How America Watched the Solar Eclipse From Coast to Coast

Playing Science's Super Bowl: How America Watched the Solar Eclipse From Coast to Coast

As day turned to night then back to day across America during Monday's solar eclipse, many cities and towns across the country found creative ways to celebrate the rare celestial event.

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In Salem, Ore., which was among the first cities to experience the eclipse, a minor league baseball game was halted so the crowd of 5,000 people could watch.

“It does not get any better than this!" Salem Volcanoes owner Jerry Walker told Inside Edition. "The first ever sporting event to be delayed by a solar eclipse."

Folks started to arrive at Volcanoes stadium at dawn and NASA scientist Molly Wasser was on hand to answer questions. She says the eclipse is the highlight of her career.

“I have never seen a solar eclipse before," she told Inside Edition. "I have been looking forward to this for years."

The eclipse wasn't total in Los Angeles, but at The Griffith Park Observatory, hundreds of people wore eclipse safety glasses and made a special day of it.

Nashville was the largest city in the path of totality.

Dan Carroll and Katie Iaeger made the day even more special at the city's science center by getting married.

“We are so lucky we got to do this,” he told Inside Edition.

“It's going to be a day to remember for sure,” the proud bride beamed.

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“It is the most amazing beautiful thing I have ever witnessed,” said Janet Ivey, the host of the PBS science show Janet's Planet. “It's like science's Christmas and Super Bowl all rolled into one.”

New Yorkers also saw a spectacular cosmic display with about 70 percent of the sun blocked out.

If you missed today's event, you will have another opportunity in 2024. 

Watch: Everything You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse

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