For those who purchased eclipse viewing glasses, used welding goggles, or used an alternate method to view the actual events in the sky - they were able to see, to some extent, the moon gradually eclipse the sun and cast its shadows on the Earth. Many children visited with representatives from The Fleet to observe science demonstrations.
Besides being a lovely event to witness, the total solar eclipse also had tremendous significance for the physics community.
Maps appear to show Toronto right on the edge of totality, which means this eclipse could be the best one for Canada's largest city in many years.
"It's a once in a life time experience", Burritt said.
Faith King of Geneseo and Garratt Mincer of Piffard were among the campers who learned about planets, stars and the moon as part of the library's event.
Four more partial solar eclipses will take place somewhere in the world within the next two years: February 15, 2018, July 13, 2018, August 11, 2018, and January 5/6, 2019.
Covering headlines of nearly all newspapers, NASA cleared many doubts earlier only for queries like when was the last solar eclipse and where can I see the solar eclipse 2017? Even though using its digital zoom would badly degrade the image quality, I had decided that I would be satisfied to use my iPhone to take a few photos. A partial eclipse is when our view of the sun is only partially blocked.
"We're in the business of furthering exploration", he said.
If seven years is too long a wait, there will be four total solar eclipses in other parts of the world before then: One in 2019 (visible from Chile and Argentina), another in 2020 (also Chile and Argentina), one in Antarctica in 2021, and one in parts of Australia and Indonesia in 2023.
For those who missed totality this year, the next total solar eclipse will be viewable from the continental United States in 2024. A total solar eclipse on March 7, 1970 crossed over Florida and up the Atlantic seaboard. Geneseo's will follow roughly 30 seconds behind.
Oklahomans hoping to catch the path of totality should travel to southeastern Oklahoma on April 8, 2024!
Cloud cover was a major concern for all Midwestern eclipse chasers on Monday.
The eclipse will be a less impressive version of Monday's event, with portions of lower right-hand corner of the sun being shadowed for about 150 minutes, peaking at around 1:12 p.m. In order for a solar or a lunar eclipse to occur, the moon's orbit must cross the Earth's ecliptic plane. A near-total eclipse will come at what would be sunrise at 6:09 a.m.
Apparently, planning a trip where the ultimate goal is to intersect with the Great American Eclipse along its very narrow "path of totality" requires a bit more planning than getting into the auto with a valid credit card and a can of Pringles to munch on along the way.