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Solar Eclipse Amazes Over Casper (GALLERY)

The solar eclipse is seen just as totality ends on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Years of anticipation and days of weather watching led up to a spectacular show on Monday morning.

Yells, cheers and fireworks could be heard throughout central Casper as the moon moved in front of the sun for a total solar eclipse. Daylight turned to nighttime for 2 minutes and 26 seconds before the sliver of the sun blazed bright again from behind the moon.

It was the first solar eclipse over North America since 1979. The next will be in April 2024.

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The solar eclipse is seen in totality on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The moon moves in front of the sun during the path of the 2017 solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Darkness takes over during totality of the solar eclipse as seen in central Casper on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Darkness takes over during totality of the solar eclipse as seen in central Casper on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Pedestrians pull out their viewing glasses during the first phase of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse fans relax and watch the early phases of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in central Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse viewers watch the early stages of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in central Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Tourists test out their eclipse glasses in downtown Casper before the start of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse tourists try out their glasses in downtown Casper on Monday, Aug. 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Crowds gather at the David Street Station plaza before the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Sean Gibson of Juno, Alaska, examines the sun at the very start of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse fans walk along roofs before the start of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Aaron Girard, right, live chats with his wife Ionela Girard in Romania before the eclipse on Monday afternoon in downtown Casper. Girard, from Denver, was going to live video chat his wife during the entire event. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Brandon and Monica Jensen of Billings instruct their daughter Ellie, 4, on the use of eclipse glasses before the start of the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)