The Solar Eclipse at Washington Square Park

August 22 2017

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.

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With proper eye protection, the eclipse was easy to see.

Photo courtesy of Valdlk on Instagram
Photo courtesy of Valdlk on Instagram

Staff from offices all around the Park took a break to watch.

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Photo courtesy of Cfinley on Instagram

Dozens of people used eclipse viewing boxes to see it.

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Photo courtesy of Bluewizard422 on Instagram

Garibaldi Plaza was one of the most popular places to watch.

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Photo courtesy of Witnify on Twitter

Sharing is caring! People were sharing their glasses with strangers for prime viewing.

Photo courtesy of Louise Roug on Twitter
Photo courtesy of Louise Roug on Twitter

Can you spot the eclipse among the clouds?

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Photo courtesy of pica_ture on Instagram

Even the pups enjoyed the viewing!

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Photo courtesy of NinaandLogan on Instagram

Best of all, it brought the city together.

Photo courtesy of Juanomatic on Instagram
Photo courtesy of Juanomatic on Instagram

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.