Upper West Siders Enjoy the Eclipse

Featured image by @jenny.gray via Instagram

Viewing parties took place across NYC to enjoy the total solar eclipse on Monday. Skies began to darken at about 2:50 p.m. and the eclipse’s peak occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m.

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The last time New York City residents got to experience a solar eclipse was in 2017, but that time, the moon only covered up to 70% of the sun. This time, it was 90% for those watching in the city.

According to ABC 7 NY, the moon covered the sun for up to 4 minutes and 28 seconds. ABC’s Lauren Glassberg reported from Central Park’s recently reopened Great Lawn, which was packed by about 2 p.m. “Eclipse Watcher” Melinda Meyers shed a tear with her head resting on a Zabar’s bag. “I’m crying; I mean, this is probably going to be my last eclipse, because I’ll be 90, or 92 the next time.”

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Spectators enjoy the total solar eclipse from Central Park. Photo: @jenny.gray via Instagram

This video, by Mark O’Toole, shows locals taking in the views from around the Upper West Side.

Here are two photos taken near Lincoln Center around peak time by @ameliasgewirtz:

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Hundreds of people also gathered at the American Museum of Natural History’s Arthur Ross Terrace to witness the event.

The next total solar eclipse to be visible in the U.S. will be in 2044, when totality will occur over North Dakota and Montana. In 2045, totality is expected to occur above the rest of the country.


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