I was lucky to witness the total eclipse under perfect weather conditions in Salem, Oregon. Salem was very accessible with public transport (Amtrak trains arriving before the eclipse, special stop to accommodate people getting off to viewing locations). While this picture does little justice to the real impression of the “inverted Sun” (dark disk with bright corona around it), it shows the irregular “triangular” shape of the corona with three rays poking out. From Earth it is normally impossible to see the corona due to scattered light in the atmosphere, but solar satellites monitor the Sun constantly. I followed NASA’s example and overlaid a space satellite image with my image (after rotating it such that the ecliptic plane [conveniently indicated by Venus] aligns horizontally). If you want to try something similar yourself, I recommend the helioviewer website for easy selection and download of the solar satellite imagery. To match the scales on your pictures: Venus is 34.3 degrees away from the Sun, corresponding to about 130 solar radii. We are presently close to a minimum of solar activity and thus the corona less roundish.