Solar eclipse stuns Tennessee, Kentucky with daytime darkness

View of Nashville at 1:28 p.m. from 22nd Avenue and Charlotte during the total solar eclipse. (Courtesy: Amanda Smith)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Monday was the day. The Epic Eclipse has come and gone, and we witnessed history right here in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

Total eclipses happen somewhere in the world once every 18 months, but for the complete shadow to hit a single location like Nashville is even more rare.

While it was cloudy for a short time in some areas across the region, a ton of you got to witness the eclipse of a lifetime as the sky went completely dark for up to two minutes depending on your location.

(Courtesy: Robert Donaldson)

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Some even saw stars during the middle of the day when the totality occurred around 1:28 p.m.

“It was Earth shattering. I felt it as if my children were being born; it felt exactly like it. I can’t explain. When it went total, I could see stars, everything got cool; it was beyond my expectations,” said David Right from Athens, Alabama.

“We noticed the temperature went down. It was pure elation, an amazing feeling,” said Chris Poland from Canton, Ohio. “Was it worth the trip? Was it worth the almost 8 hour drive? I would do it again tomorrow.”

From St. Thomas Midtown at 1:30 p.m. during the eclipse (Courtesy: Ashley Shehan)

Many people captured the illusive “shadow snakes,” a relatively rare phenomena that happens before and after the eclipse reaches totality when thin, wavy lines rapidly move across plain-colored surfaces.

According to experts at NASA, one popular theory is that the bands originate in the atmosphere due to highly unpredictable air cells that help to “focus and de-focus the sharp-edged light from the solar surface.”

The eclipse also created crescent-shaped shadows that littered the Earth with little moons as the sun shined through the trees.

Animals were also studied at the Nashville Zoo, and News 2 was there as the giraffes began running around as the sun returned from the darkness. Rhinos reportedly ran crazily as well.

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