As if a solar eclipse was not enough, the moon threw some virtual shade at the sun on Twitter on Monday, as millions of people watched the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in the United States in nearly a century.
The tweet was accompanied with a screenshot photo showing that the moon had blocked the verified Twitter profile of NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun).
'HA HA HA I've blocked the Sun!' wrote NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) on its verified Twitter account, which was created by the NASA. 'Make way for the Moon. #SolarEclipse2017,' the Tweet read. The tweet was accompanied with a screenshot photo showing that the moon had blocked the verified Twitter profile of NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun)
Tens of thousands of Twitter users liked the exchange and many social media users responded with amusement.
'This is just too perfect. Congratulations. You have won the entire internet,' user Andy Stein (@MandoPony) replied.
'I feel the moon is gonna get some licks in but the sun is gonna come out on top,' wrote another user, @GeeInTheNorth.
Some users exacerbated the spat online, using GIFs of celebrities applauding and toasting to the moon, while some accused it of being petty and demanded that the sun respond.
After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's silhouette blotting out all but a halo-like corona of the sun drew whoops and cheers from onlookers when it began over the West Coast on Monday.
The celestial event began in Oregon at just after 9am PDT, and by 10.20am, the sun was completely blocked out except for a halo-like solar corona plunging the area into twilight.
Over the next 90 minutes, the total eclipse traveled through 14 different states until ending in South Carolina.
The other 36 states were all treated to a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun.