PRESIDENT Trump has been spotted on the White House balcony attempting to catch a glimpse of the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.
Mr Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron stood together on the White House balcony trying to see the moment when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth will be perfectly aligned for the first time in 99 years.
Wearing protective glasses, the couple chatted as they joined millions of Americans who also hoped to catch a glimpse of the rare spectacle.
At one point, the President even tried to take a peek at the eclipse without the glasses on, which can be extremely harmful to a person’s eyesight.
Stunning images are already emerging on social media and the reaction suggests it did not disappoint.
After weeks of anticipation and excitement, viewers were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon when the moon moved directly in front of the Sun for just a couple of minutes.
The spectacle, which lasted around two minutes for most Americans, caused near darkness and temperatures plummeted for a brief period.
The eclipse’s 70-mile path of totality stretches across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina.
Those who missed out will be able to see the next total solar eclipse to cross the United States in just seven years, on April 8, 2024.
It will be visible in a number of major US cities including Carbondale, Illinois, which was on the path of totality for today’s eclipse.
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is now claiming to be at the ‘Eclipse Crossroads of America’.
Onlooker Stormy Shreves, 57, said: “It just kind of tickled you all over – it was wonderful – and I wish I could do it again.
“But I won’t see something like that ever again, so I’m really glad I took the day off work so I could experience it.”
Nancy Conway, 57, an elementary school principal, said she and her family made the drive to Charleston from Lynn, Massachusetts.
“Twenty hours, three drivers, four adults, two 6-year-old twins,” Conway said as she sat in a lawn chair facing the harbour. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”