As if a solar eclipse was not enough, the Moon haunted the Sun on Monday – at least on Twitter. Millions of people have seen the first total coast-to-coast eclipse in the United States in almost a century. Who was not in American territory, can watch live on the Internet. «HA HA HA I blocked the sun!» Wrote Nasa Moon (@NASAMoon) in his verified Twitter account, created by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. «Open the way to the Moon # EclipseSolar2017».
Profile @NASAMoon plays on Twitter during Eclipse – Photo: Reproduction / Melissa Cruz Cossetti
Along with the tweet, a screenshot showed that the moon’s profile blocked the verified NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) Twitter account. The sun’s response was quick. «Uh, excuse me?!? # EclipseSolar2017», published @NASASun. Tens of thousands of social network users enjoyed the exchange and many responded with amusement. «This is just perfect. Congratulations. You won the entire internet, replied Andy Stein (@MandoPony)». «I feel that the Moon will triumph a little, but the Sun will return to the top,» wrote another user, @GeeInTheNorth.
Some boosted the online dispute, using GIFs of celebrities applauding and toasting to the Moon, while some accused it of being petty and demanding that the Sun respond. After a week of anticipation, the sight of the moon’s silhouette erasing everything except a crown of sunrays caused excitement and greetings from the spectators when it started this Monday (21st).
According to Twitter, more than six million eclipse tweets have been recorded in the last 24 hours on the microblog worldwide. Most are marked with the special hashtag # Eclipse2017 or simply #Eclipse.
Twitter celebrates explosion of tweets during the solar eclipse – Photo: Disclosure / Twitter