If you’re currently residing somewhere in the continental United States, chances are you were able to glimpse at least a partial solar eclipse today as the Moon passed in front of the Sun (and we hope you used eye protection, too).

But while most of us were living in the moment and enjoying the view, some very talented people managed to capture some truly unique images of the event that really put our place in the Solar System into perspective.

Below are some of our favorite images that show the eclipse in a new and utterly unforgettable way.

The solar eclipse, as seen from an airplane flying above Oregon. (: Alaska Airlines) #solareclipse #solareclipse2017

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Eclipse as seen from Oregon by @JasmanMander follow @ifyouhigh

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Many photographers took their gorgeous shots straight to Flickr Creative Commons, and we’re so thankful.
Detail of prominences / solar flares.

Above, Matt Drobnik caught the incredible shot in Charleston, South Carolina.

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We also love this moody perspective of SparkFun Electronics view from Niwot, Colorado.

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The detail of the solar flares is just so spectacular! Taken by moshen in Madras, Oregon.

Eclipse Bread (Solar projection 15x)

But you don’t just have to look at the sky directly to take a cool shot.

Above, Sheila Sund from Oregon demonstrates the novel ‘bread slice’ method; below, you can see two great examples of eclipse shadows seen through tree leaves.
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And then, of course, there’s the incredibly special view directly from space:

And last but not least, the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun during the eclipse.

 

Mind = blown.

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