Fleeting phenomenon offered heavenly views


About an hour before the moon began to eclipse the sun on Monday, kids in the Spuyten Duyvil library were refashioning cereal boxes as pinhole viewers. Earlier in the day, an announcement on WNYC named the Spuytin Duyvil library as one of the locations offering free eclipse glasses, which brought throngs of people to the library's doorstep only to find that there weren't any glasses actually there.

What they could find, however, was a pinhole box workshop.

After the kids filtered out of the library with their newfangled devices, Seton Park already was filling up with people eager to see a near-total eclipse. At its peak, nearly 70 percent of the sun was covered by the moon, prompting exclamations from gazers young and old.

Clouds occasionally passed overhead, briefly obscuring the celestial phenomenon, but the skies were mostly clear.

Those who missed it can look forward to the next solar eclipse in 2024, but if the want to see the whole thing, they'll have to make their way to Buffalo.