For years, astronomers and other sky watchers have been ticking off the days in anticipation of the celestial event that is now behind us.
A partial solar eclipse was visible on Long Island between roughly 1:25 p.m. and 4 p.m. In other parts of the United States, crowds were awed by totality — a period of minutes when the moon completely blocked the sun — but Long Islanders saw just 70 percent coverage. Throngs of people gathered at beaches, museums and other outdoor spaces, passing around eclipse glasses, taking photos and looking skyward.
Here’s how the event played out on social media from Long Island and beyond:
The following times are in Eastern Standard Time.
4:10 p.m. Reflecting at Jones Beach
3:55 p.m. South Carolina
3:40 p.m. Washington, D.C.
The scene in New York City
The only other time I've seen that many NYC'ers excitedly line the streets & happily talk to strangers is the NYC marathon. #Eclipse2017— Jen Ator (@jen_ator) August 21, 2017
On Long Island
As the partial eclipse gets underway here, Long Islanders armed with the proper eyewear are looking to the sky.
overheard: "I don't care about no stinkin' eclipse," one woman said as she continued to play the penny slots at Jake's 58. #lieclipse— Rachel Uda (@Rachel_Uda) August 21, 2017
#lieclipse Hundreds from Girl Scouts of Nassau Ct. at Cradle of Aviation: "I'm really excited," said Keira of Troop 2502."It's my first."— Carol Polsky (@CarolPolsky) August 21, 2017
1:30 p.m. Partial eclipse underway on Long Island
On Long Island, the eclipse began at about 1:25 p.m. It will peak at about 2:45 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Totality nearing in Idaho
1:20 p.m. Totality in Oregon
1:10 p.m. Getting ready on Long Island
1:00 p.m. Oregon
12:30 p.m. Oregon
12:10 p.m. Eclipse begins in Oregon
It's starting! I can see a bite taken out of the top right of the sun. Neat. #Eclipse2017— Aaron J (@flyguy84) August 21, 2017