Along with millions of others in the United States, the NYIT community paused for few minutes on August 21 to watch the solar eclipse. The celestial event was the first "coast-to-coast" total eclipse in nearly 100 years. Students and faculty and staff members joined celebrations on both campuses hosted by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and also gathered at various spots around and near campus (including the Academic Quad in Old Westbury and Central Park in Manhattan) to watch the show. Off-campus, the community posted their shots on social media using #NYITEclipsers. (See slideshow below.)
While some attendees sported solar eclipse glasses, others peered through pinhole viewers made from cereal boxes, paper plates, and even colanders. Many were also surprised and delighted to be able see the eclipse through the shadows of tree foliage. Peak viewing time in the area was approximately 2:45 p.m. EST with the moon obscuring about 70 percent of the sun. As for the next time the sun and moon will duel in the skies over the U.S.? Mark your calendars for April 8, 2024.