Madras embraces the path of totality

David Orellana and Phi Le look up at the eclipse through their solar filter binoculars. Photo by Cheyenne Thorpe, Oregon News Lab

MADRAS, Ore. - Thousands of people gathered in Madras, Oregon, directly in the path of totality for Monday's once-in-a-lifetime event.

The total solar eclipse lasted roughly two minutes, which many believe they will remember forever.

"It was like a full moon, but better," said one eclipse viewer.

"I think it really givesyou a sense of where your place in the universe, and you know, gives you a broader prospective on things," said another enthusiast.

If you happened to miss the eclipse on Monday, you may be waiting for your next opportunity for a while. The next coast-to-coast event in the U.S. isn't until the year 2045.

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