NASA and the National Society of Black Physicists helped make the live Web cast available to museums and schools around the world.
About 75 students gathered at Shaw University to watch as the moon hid the sun in Zambia, Africa creating the spectacular corona.
For most, it was a new experience.
"I really didn't know what to expect," says Andrea Clark, a Garner High School student. "We had been in information sessions and seen pictures, but it was really nothing like seeing the actual thing."
The total eclipse happened at 9:13 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Total eclipses happen only once in 360 years at the same spot on Earth.