Solar eclipse, crashing spacecraft, volcanoes and more: Biggest science stories of 2017

The biggest science event of 2017 was the incredible solar eclipse that captivated millions of Americans on Aug. 21.

The coast-to-coast eclipse carved a 70-mile wide path of totality from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic, with hordes of people donning solar eclipse glasses to experience the unusual event. The eclipse, which began in Oregon and ended in South Carolina, was the first to cross the continental U.S. since 1918.

SOLAR ECLIPSE: THE BIG EVENT IS FINALLY HERE

Families from all over the country flocked to cities in the line of totality, such as Charleston and Nashville, which hosted over one million visitors.

The unusual event also had a strange effect on nature. Live Science noted that some flowers spontaneously shut their petals during the total solar eclipse. High tides and currents off the coast of Washington also caused the accidental release of thousands of farmed fish, according to The Seattle Times.

BABY BORN IN FLORIDA HOSPITAL DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

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