Thousands of people in the North-West of the United States and in Canada have braved the winter cold to catch in glimpse of the last solar eclipse they will be able to see this century.
GV Start of eclipse with moon shadow moving in front of sun.
LV Congested roads PULL BACK TO people walking up hill in Washington State.
GV Tents on hillside.
CU Moon shadow over one corner to sun.
SV & CU Eclipse watchers preparing gadgets.
GV & SV Stonehenge-like structure with Druid ceremony in progress. (2 SHOTS)
GV Downtown Portland.
GV Darkness over city.
GV People cheering at eclipse PAN TO sun disappearing. (3 SHOTS)
CU Sun completely covered showing "corona" and then "diamond ring" effect to bright light shooting across sun.
GV Cheering crowds.
GV Dark street scene in Montana. (2 SHOTS)
CU Eclipse in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.
BAZELL: "Soon after dawn in the Pacific North-West, the moon shadow began to slide in front of the sun. Roads throughout the area were packed. People from across the country had spent the night in their cars or camped out waiting to see the eclipse. As the light from the sun dimmed, further eclipse watchers readied their various gadgets. In a replica of Stonehenge, some modern Druids chanted to the sun. It was crowded in Portland, the city in the eclipse path, but the city felt two minutes of eerie darkness. Further East, past the Cascade Mountains, the sky was clear enough for the people to see the sun disappear. Around the disc of the moon's shadow, we see the corona -- the fiery geyser spewing out from the sun's surface. As the moon's shadow begins to move away, we see something of the "Diamond Ring" effect as the sun reappears. As the light reappeared in the sky, the jubilation continued. This was great Falls, Montana, at nine fifteen in the morning. And here is the last picture we have of the eclipse, from Brandon, Menitoba."
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Background: Thousands of people in the North-West of the United States and in Canada have braved the winter cold to catch in glimpse of the last solar eclipse they will be able to see this century. The next eclipse will not be visible in North America until the year two thousand and seventeen (2017). NBC's Robert Bazell reports on the excitement caused by the eclipse on Monday (26 February).