One year ago today, kids and adults alike ran outside in the middle of a Monday afternoon, goofy cardboard glasses in hand, to peer up at the sky.
It was the first time the total solar eclipse could been seen across the United States in 99 years. The last time this had happened, Woodrow Wilson was president. For three hours in the afternoon, the moon blocked a little more than 80 percent of the sun.
Around the United States, people fashioned makeshift viewers out of cereal boxes and tried to look at the sun through the cameras on their smartphones. In St. Petersburg, high school students left the classroom to watch from a field. In Tampa, about 5,000 watched live feeds from NASA and gazed through telescopes at MOSI.
Times photographers captured scenes of rubbernecking around the Tampa Bay area on eclipse day.