The Great American Eclipse is behind us, like the sun was behind the moon that August day. In zip code 11211 the eclipse was calculated to peak at 2:45:03 pm EDT on August 21st, when the moon obscured 71.5% of the sun. It didn’t seem to get much darker than an overcast day, but a gleeful wonder about this rare celestial wonder filled the air.
People everywhere shared their glasses, as glasses were hard to come by. Local libraries gave out free pairs, but most were only given 50 to give out. Leonard St. Library started giving out their 80 pairs at 1 p.m. and at 1:03 p.m. they ran out. The lineup went down Leonard from Devoe to Metropolitan Ave., and along Metropolitan to Lorimer St. But all was not lost as those on line were told that there would be a crafting session at the library to make pinhole projectors and Two Boots had donated pizza.
The next total solar eclipse will hit on April 8, 2024, and it will pass over thirteen states, New York being one of them.