BBC's science correspondent Pallab Ghosh hailed for wonderfully enthusiastic solar eclipse commentary

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A BBC science correspondent was hailed by viewers for his wonderfully enthusiastic commentary of the total solar eclipse in the US. 

Journalist Pallab Ghosh was broadcasting live from Madras, Oregon, during Monday’s BBC News at Six.

Oregon was the first place for spectators to get a glimpse of the total solar eclipse before it moved eastwards across America.  

BBC News viewers were extremely impressed with Mr Ghosh’s excited commentary as he described the spectacle as a “gigantic shimmering pearl” and “a smiley face in the sky”.

The science correspondent, who gave a huge whoop as the eclipse began, said: “Just being on the ground psychologically, it feels like it shouldn’t be like this, it should be daytime and it’s turned to night.

Eclipse commentary: BBC science correspondent Pallab Ghosh (BBC News)

“It feels almost like a dreamlike state. You can hear the applause. It is truly one of the universe’s great spectacles.

“And so, what an eclipse does is give you a huge sense of euphoria and wellbeing. If you look closely, you can see how the sun’s atmosphere is moving. 

“It’s essentially a gigantic nuclear bomb.” 

He went on: “And now, it’s ending. A diamond ring again. And now, the great American eclipse is on its way to Idaho and eight other states as it sweeps across the country.

“I’ve got goosebumps and not just from the excitement but also the fact that it gets pretty cold when the sun’s rays are blocked out.

“It’s a pretty eerie light that we have here. I have to say, it just feels like a completely dreamlike state and I have to say I’m slightly spaced out by this experience.”

The programme then cut back to the studio for the rest of the day’s news before returning again to Mr Ghosh in Oregon where he said: “I am still recovering from the experience, on a scale of one to 10, I’d say it was a million.”

Viewers took to social media to praise Mr Ghosh for his commentary.

Andre Farrar tweeted: “I think @BBCPallab going ‘woo’ at the eclipse was today’s top television moment! Great to see the delight at witnessing the eclipse!”

Samantha Parker said: “@BBCNews Absolutely loved the childlike excitement from Pallab Ghosh reporting on the eclipse on the 10 o’clock news. #passion.”

Matthew Hillman said: “On a scale of 1-10, I’d say it’s a million” – wonderful listening to Pallab Ghosh so excited about #SolarEclipse2017 on #BBCNews.”

A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes over the sun, casting a deep shadow over the earth. 

Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the shadow, which was 70 miles wide, took 90 minutes to travel 2,500 miles from Oregon to South Carolina. 

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