Partial eclipse, total interest for tri-town residents

By Andrea Ray and Tanner Harding | Aug 21, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray George and Hadley Dellas admire the August 21 solar eclipse at Plumb Library.

Rochester — While the South Coast might not have been in the path of a total eclipse for the 2017 solar eclipse, tri-town residents found methods to enjoy the event anyway.

Those residents lucky enough to scoop eclipse glasses got the best view at 2:42 p.m., when the moon obscured roughly 63 percent of the sun. The sliver of sun left looked familiar to children peering through their glasses at Plumb Library in Rochester. "Look! I see the moon!" two-year-old Kent Sandefer exclaimed as he pointed upwards.

Other children at the solar eclipse party tested out homemade methods of making eclipse glasses; some refracted the image of the eclipse through a colander onto a piece of paper, while others attempted a similar method using paper plates or cereal boxes.

Those who missed this year's solar eclipse don't have too long to wait - the next North American solar eclipse will occur in 2024. The path of totality is expected to travel from Texas to Maine and through Canada; areas in the path of totality include northern and western New York as well as northern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Rebekah Sandefer helps Kent Sandefer, 2, with his eclipse glasses. ("Look, I see the moon!") (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Plumb Library director Gail Roberts tries refracting the sunlight through a colander to view a reflection of the eclipse. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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