The US was plunged into darkness as the Moon blocked out the Sun in a total eclipse which was as mesmerising as it was beautiful.

The 2017 Eclipse seen in Kentucky (Timothy D. Easley/AP)
The 2017 eclipse seen from the US state of Kentucky (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

Despite thousands of warnings about not looking straight at the Sun, President Donald Trump did exactly that when he stepped out on to a balcony at the White House.

US President Donald Trump looked directly at the eclipse despite advice not to (Andrew Harnik/AP)
(Andrew Harnik/AP)

While he did eventually put on some eclipse glasses, the image of the president leaning backwards to catch a glimpse was seared in people’s minds.

But the last word goes to this guy, who expected to see Trump looking at the eclipse unprotected. Before midday he posted: “Can’t wait for the photo of Donald Trump squinting directly into the eclipse to go viral.”