2017 total solar eclipse darkens skies over Colorado: Here's what happened

Posted at 1:02 PM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 19:36:27-04

DENVER — Skies in Denver darkened. Closer to the border of Nebraska, they were as close to pitch black as you could get in the state. Just over the state line, viewers saw the darkness that is a total solar eclipse.

In the Centennial State, viewers watched from rooftops, gardens, parks and more with their welding glasses and NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses. While they did, some interesting things happened.

Trees showed the eclipse in their shadows. Shadows shifted, showing odd figures where straight lines would typically be.

At the Denver International Airport, temperatures dropped eight degrees from 85 degrees to a comparatively chilly 77 degrees.

Although it was suggested animals may change their patterns, it's yet to be known if crickets came out to chirp, as Colorado never saw total darkness. But Wyoming did -- as you can see from the time-lapse Denver7 photographer James Dougherty took at Glendo Reservoir in Wyoming:

The behaviors of humans certainly changed, however, as thousands had their eyes focused on the skies. 

MORE | Check out incredible photos captured during the eclipse.

Soon after the eclipse was over, eyes turned to car keys and soon-to-be crowded roadways, as an estimated 600,000 traveled on Colorado roads like I-25 to the path of the eclipse's totality.

MORE | Learn how to beat the eclipse traffic here.

Minds also turned to when the next solar eclipse will be. Fortunately for many young and middle aged Coloradans, the next total solar eclipse will cross directly over Colorado and excitement is expected to build. 

That eclipse won't transpire until 2045, however. 

MORE | Learn more about the next eclipse in Colorado here.