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The Totality by Drone: The Top 11 Drone Videos of the Solar Eclipse

BY Zacc Dukowitz
22 August 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that an incredible solar eclipse was visible throughout several states in the U.S. on Monday (check out maps of the full path of the eclipse here).

People across the country came out in huge crowds to see The Totality—the moment when the sun was completely covered by the moon—with many traveling across the country to small towns, doubling and tripling local populations in places like Salem, OR or Carbondale, IL.

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Of course, solar eclipses arrive periodically, with lots of advanced notice, but one thing was different about our experience of this particular eclipse.

What was it?

Drones, of course!

The last solar eclipse visible from the United States took place on May 20, 2012. And yes, drones did exist five years ago, but not in the same quantity, or with anything like the quality of video cameras available today.

This is all to say that the solar eclipse we just witnessed took place in a special time—a time when drone camera technology is widely available. Which means that we have some amazing videos of the eclipse, and these are videos that were never available before.

So without further ado, here are our top 11 videos by drone of The Totality (or the near totality, in some cases where the sun was not completely covered).

Note: For the sake of organization we’ve listed these videos from west to east, following the path the eclipse took as it made its way across the United States on Monday. Details and credits have been included, as available, for each video.

The Top 11 Drone Videos of the Solar Eclipse

1. Corvallis, OR

Details & Credits: 

  • Shot in Corvallis, OR
  • Videographer/video credit: Erin Patrick O’Connor for the Washington Post 

2. Salem, Oregon

Drone footage of the Totality of the Eclipse over Oregon

Details & Credits:

  • Shot in Salem, Oregon
  • Videographer/video credit: Matt Baldwin (check out Matt’s YouTube channel here)

3. Idaho Falls, ID

Eclipse 2017 Idaho Falls Drone Darkness

Details & Credits: 

4. Rexburg, ID

Eclipse Rexburg Idaho 2017

Details & Credits: 

  • Shot in Rexburg, ID
  • Videographer/video credit: Travis Blacker (check out Travis’ YouTube channel here)

5. Casper, WY

Drone Footage Captures The Moment Of Darkness As Solar Eclipse Goes Over Casper, Wyoming | TIME

Details & Credits: 

  • Shot in Casper, WY
  • Featured on TIME Magazine’s official YouTube channel. No specific pilot/videography credits provided

6. Wyoming Plains

Total Solar Eclipse Flight: 360 degree sunset & flying through an eclipse

Details & Credits: 

7. Clarksville, TN

Clarksville Solar Eclipse - DRONE !!

Details & Credits: 

  • Shot near Dunbar Cave in Clarksville, TN
  • Videographer/video credit: Nick Summers (check out Nick’s YouTube channel here)

8. Hendersonville, TN

Total Eclipse from Drone No Sunset Shadow Hendersonville Tennessee August 21 2017

Details & Credits:

9. Lafayette, TN

Solar Eclipse Drone Footage in Lafayette, TN - Facing West

Details & Credits: 

  • Shot in Lafayette, TN
  • Videographer/video credit: Ryan Cherry (check out Ryan’s YouTube channel here)
  • Filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro

10. Knoxville, TN

Details & Credits:

  • Shot in Knoxville, TN
  • Videographer/video credit: Harrison Hughes (follow Harrison @Harrison_Hughes)

11. Lexington, SC

The Great American Eclipse over Lake Murray

Details & Credits: 

  • Shot in Lexington, SC
  • Videographer/video credit: Matt Moore
  • Filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro
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