Solar eclipse brings Boston together in communal stargazing

Despite not being in the “path of totality,” Greater Boston nevertheless paused for a moment of celestial wonderment on Monday.

Employees stare at the eclipse at the entrance to 1 Exchange Place. Bill Greene/Globe Staff.

People poured out of Boston office buildings to take in the solar eclipse

When the eclipse started, City Hall Plaza looked like it does on any other Monday in August. Then, people began streaming out of nearby buildings.

Nestor Ramos

// Dispatch from Eclipseville: Massive telescopes, magnificent weirdos

The moon began its slow creep through the sky around noon on Monday, the final run-up to the 2 minutes, 40 seconds that Hopkinsville, Ky., has been anticipating for years.

Backed by Joe Jonas’ band, DNCE, Bonnie Tyler sang her hit ‘‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’’ during the eclipse on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Watch Bonnie Tyler performing ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ during the solar eclipse

On Monday, some cruise passengers watched the solar eclipse as Bonnie Tyler sang her hit 1980s power ballad.

// Did President Trump just stare directly at the solar eclipse without glasses?

Photos of Trump staring up at the sun from a White House balcony circulated online, with many mocking him for not donning protective eyewear.

Airline passengers took photos from their seats on a special eclipse-chaser flight over the Pacific Ocean on Monday.

These photos and videos from planes show how cool the solar eclipse looked from the air

Eclipse photos taken from the ground are so two hours ago.

The Big Picture

//[11].jpg There goes the sun: Photos of the solar eclipse

For the first time since 1918, a total eclipse of the sun was viewable from coast-to-coast in a 70-mile wide path of the US for around two minutes.

Counterprotesters chant on the periphery of a

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The real enemy at the rally? Boston’s racist image

The institutional racism and economic inequality baked into this town can’t be ignored.


Can cannabis panel meet aggressive deadlines? Gaming chief has doubts

Steve Crosby knows a thing or two about starting up an agency to regulate a previously illegal business.

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Making apparel in Mass. again

1620 Workwear Inc. started selling directly to consumers last fall, and moved into their first office in Haverhill in July.


// Verizon cuts off elderly woman’s phone — on her birthday

The state needs better rules for determining if a utility customer is elderly.

Imani Williams.

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This tweet from Saturday went viral. Here’s the story behind it

During the rallies in Boston on Saturday, Imani Williams stepped in and guided a Donald Trump supporter to safety. The Internet took note.

// Far-right student leaving BU for Ala. to be with ‘more like-minded people’

Nicholas Fuentes, 19, said he plans to continue his far-right-wing activism and sees the Alabama school as a good place to do it.

// Trump expected to announce small troop increase in Afghanistan

President Trump was preparing Monday to rally the nation in support of a new strategy for the US war in Afghanistan.

// Close call: A shark attacked a seal within feet of a Cape Cod beach

Several sharks were spotted off the coast of Cape Cod on Monday, forcing beach closures in Orleans and Truro.

// State environmental chief refunded Mass. for personal flight

This questionable use of state resources and funds stayed below the public radar.

// Ironwood wins OK for an easier-to-administer gout treatment

As many as 10 million Americans suffer from the painful condition. A Cambridge company has a new treatment.

Junior Jackie Emmons of Boxford (left) led prospective students, including Cedane Richards of Hartford, Conn., (right, on a college tour at Bentley University.

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Want to get into your first-choice college? Better book a plane ticket

As colleges try to winnow large application pools, many use a student’s interest in the school as an important factor in admissions.

Roslindale couple said ‘I do’ at a bagel shop

There’s nothing like the smell of fresh bagels. Just ask Maggie and Jim Hobbs. They got married at a Roslindale bagel shop Saturday.

// Johnson & Johnson to pay $417m in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

A hospitalized woman had claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer.

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