Unlike President Donald Trump, many lawmakers listened to the warnings and wore solar eclipse glasses to look at the sun on Monday.
The president briefly looked skyward before putting on his protective glasses when he and first lady Melania Trump joined millions of Americans to view the solar eclipse.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, was the only lawmaker spotted at the Capitol steps on Monday steps because he was to preside over the Senate on Tuesday morning.
But with Congress home for its August recess, many of his colleagues in the House and the Senate tweeted photos of them watching the eclipse, some in the path of totality.
Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 21, 2017
James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) August 21, 2017
Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) August 21, 2017
Eclipse watching from Dallas pic.twitter.com/QVPdQy2Hbe— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 21, 2017
Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 21, 2017
John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 21, 2017
Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) August 21, 2017
Garret Graves (@RepGarretGraves) August 21, 2017
Cheri Bustos (@RepCheri) August 21, 2017
Bill Foster (@RepBillFoster) August 21, 2017
Some watched with family.
Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) August 21, 2017
Randy Hultgren (@RepHultgren) August 21, 2017
Mike Bost (@RepBost) August 21, 2017
Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) August 21, 2017
Some embraced their nerdness, like #scificongressman Rep. Richard Neal.
Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) August 21, 2017
Some lawmakers found other ways to celebrate the day.
Left work. Drove to Hastings to catch eclipse. Was totally work it. I'm comfortable with my nerdness.— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) August 21, 2017
Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) August 21, 2017
Others tweeted photographs on their staffers back in D.C. checking out the show.
Jim Renacci (@RepJimRenacci) August 21, 2017
Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) August 21, 2017