America woke up Monday ready to turn its eyes to the sky. The day of the Great American Eclipse had finally arrived. But even as celestial bodies moved to align in the sky, terrestrial-bound bodies were scurrying in a mad last-minute scramble for the best vantage points to witness it.
Procrastinators dashed from store to store in search of eclipse-safe glasses. Scientists nervously checked and rechecked their equipment at observatories and research airplanes. Authorities wrestled with more traffic as hordes continued to converge along the 70-mile-wide path of the total eclipse.
For millennia, on days just like this one, our ancestors have been filled with awe, fear and wonder. Eclipses have spawned myths, altered belief systems, reshaped the way entire civilizations saw their world. On Monday, many were looking for something similarly profound as they broke out lawn chairs, dragged their children outside and clutched their safety glasses in giddy expectation.
As it approached, this eclipse seemed different, more intimate somehow. It will be the first in a century to cross the continental United States, coast to coast, and the first since the republic’s foundation that will pass directly over only this country. It felt ― at a time of political division and upheaval ― like a personally addressed note from the universe:
Hey, America, forget the other stuff for a second. There are bigger things in this galaxy. That overshadow us. That can unite us. Just look up.
Harrowing footage has captured the moment a mixed martial arts fighter allegedly killed a champion powerlifter after the pair's row over sport ended in a violent street brawl.
Video footage appears to show Anar Allakhveranov squaring up to the much larger Andrey Drachev, 32.
Mr Drachev, a world and European championship fighter, from Russia, can be seen trading kicks and punches with the shorter man in the street.
A kick to the head leaves Mr Drachev, seemingly unconscious on the ground, as Mr Allakhveranov allegedly runs up to him and punches him to the face repeatedly before two other men step in and pull him away from the body.
They were reportedly fighting after a heated argument over whether Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting is better than gymnastics.
But Mr Drachev died following the altercation with and 25-year-old Mr Allakhveranov was reportedly arrested. They were recorded fighting at around 7am outside a cafe in the city of Khabarovsk in southeastern Russia.