On August 21, 2017, hundreds of people came out to the Park to view the first total solar eclipse since 1970. We were lucky enough to be a part of the magical moment of camaraderie and joy. At 2:43, the crowd was quiet, looking up at the sky to view the moment of the total eclipse. At 2:44, the crowd erupted in cheers as the moon passed over the sun.
Dozens of different techniques were used to view the eclipse, from eclipse glasses to colanders brought from kitchens to view the shadows. Relive the unforgettable moment:
Everyone’s eyes were on the sky.
With proper eye protection, the eclipse was easy to see.
Staff from offices all around the Park took a break to watch.
Dozens of people used eclipse viewing boxes to see it.
Garibaldi Plaza was one of the most popular places to watch.
Sharing is caring! People were sharing their glasses with strangers for prime viewing.
Can you spot the eclipse among the clouds?
Even the pups enjoyed the viewing!
Best of all, it brought the city together.
Luckily, the wait for the next solar eclipse won’t be as long as this one. On April 8, 2024, the moon will once again completely block out the sun, this time running from Maine to Texas. Hopefully, we’ll see you in the Park then.