Thousands of people came to South Carolina on Monday to get the show of a lifetime.
They weren’t disappointed.
Here’s what some of them had to say about the Great American Solar Eclipse after it unfolded across the state.
“I just saw the little piece and I’m just getting so emotional. It’s just so humbling. It’s a very humbling experience.” — Jeanette Preniczky of Arlington, Virginia, at Clemson University.
“I would do it again in an instant” — John Dziark, Waterford, New York, who watched at the Jockey Lot.
“Wow. I’m 77 and I’ve never seen anything like that.” — Roland Anders, Baltimore, Maryland, who watched at Furman University.
“That’s one thing off my bucket list. I’m so glad to have been a part of this.” — Johannes Terblanche, Atanta.
“I’ve got my eclipse T-shirt, my eclipse gum and my eclipse cookies. I’m wearing silver shoes. Everything is eclipse. Yes, I’m excited.” — Pat Howard of Taylors at Furman University.
“That was a 10 out of 10. For the average person, this was perfect.” —Tom Bross, who drove to Columbia from Pennsylvania and saw a total eclipse in 1976 in Nova Scotia.
“We read a lot about it and kind of know what to expect but when it came it was indescribable. There are no words that can fully describe what you experience.” — Mia Li of New Jersey, who was watching in Columbia.
“We’re here from Roswell, Georgia, for the eclipse … and to show our (10-year-old) son Clemson because my husband wants him to go here.” — Devora Rosenberg, Roswell, Georgia.
“We are not photographers. We want to experience, not take photographs. Some people get great photos, but I would rather see life by experiencing it than retrospectively looking at photographs.” — Suhas Prabhu, India