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Aug 21, 2017 7:21 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Hundreds View Solar Eclipse On South Fork Monday

From left: Steve Levin of Maryland, Amanda Levin of Maryland, Lily Bedell of Plainview, and Gayle Levin of Maryland watched the eclipse on Monday at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Aug 21, 2017 5:15 PM

UPDATE: Monday, 3 p.m.

Nearly 700 people piled on the terrace of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Monday afternoon, donning special viewing glasses, to watch the eclipse.

Samson Mildron, 10, of Port Washington held up his blue viewing glasses—dotted with cartoon images of moons, planets, and suns—as he shared his excitement about the eclipse. "We've been waiting for this for a month!" he said, a big grin spreading across his face.

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun becomes obstructed by the moon. The bright orange sun was shining on Monday afternoon, as the dark crescent shadow of the moon slowly crept in front of it.

Monday was the first time many of the attendees in Water Mill saw a solar eclipse with their own eyes.

Amish Jani of Southampton said he couldn't believe his eyes when he stared up at the sky through his special glasses.

"It's stunning," he said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing."

Mr. Jani said he had been researching solar eclipses for the past few weeks and was excited to see one in real life. He said he was happy he chose to watch it at the Parrish museum—it felt like a festival and people were relaxing, having fun, and sharing their glasses with one another.

At least one other attendee agreed with that sentiment. "There's nothing like science to get the community involved," said Jessame Hannus of New York City.

Original story:

For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will travel across the United States on Monday.

Residents of the South Fork will only see a partial eclipse—the moon will cover approximately two-thirds of the sun, and the entire event will last two hours, 35 minutes, eight seconds. It will begin at 1:26 p.m. (and 30 seconds) on Monday, reach its peak at 2:47:06 p.m., and end at 4:01:38 p.m.

There are numerous events planned on the South Fork to safely view the eclipse—remember not to look directly at the sun without protection! Proper eye protection, such as viewing glasses, and solar filters for cameras are necessary. The only way to safely view the Sun—eclipsed or not—is to either project or filter the Sun’s rays. Projection works well. You can make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars. However, don’t look through the telescope’s eyepiece or side-mounted finder scope while projecting the Sun’s image onto a screen.

Local retailers are providing safe eclipse glasses, if they’re not already sold out. Additionally, NASA recommends welder’s glasses rated 14 or higher. These can be found at your local welding supply store.

You can also use special solar filters to watch the Sun during a solar eclipse, but use the proper type of solar filter that is designed for eclipses. Check that filters do not crack under the Sun’s magnified and focused intensity. Solar filters must be treated with care, or they can quickly become damaged and unsafe to use.

Those who plan to try to photograph the eclipse, should remember that cameras need to be filtered as well.

To take a photo with an iPhone or other smartphone, experts advise placing a pair of eclipse glasses in front of the camera lens for protection. Wipe off the lens to ensure there are no smudges. A tripod may be helpful.

Those using a more advanced camera, such as a DSLR, must purchase a special solar filter or risk damaging the lens—and one’s eyes—by the sun’s bright rays.

However you plan on viewing or capturing the eclipse, 27east and The Press would love to know. Upload your photos to this story (just click on photo gallery above the story and then the link WERE YOU HERE? UPLOAD YOUR OWN PHOTO) or upload your photos to Facebook or Instagram with the hahtag #27eclipse so everyone can take a look. Photos of the eclipse are great—but don’t forget to upload photos of yourself and your friends and how you are viewing the eclipse.

Remember to have fun—and be safe!

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We had a total eclipse here on LI back in 1970. Back then people used those cardboard things to "look" at it. I looked at it when it was at 100% and I wasn't impressed. Also, I'd heard that birds would go to their roosts and fall asleep during the eclipse. Nope. It was more like a cloudy day, just before it rains.

Ah well. I was a jaded kid. I'm not bothering with buying eclipse glasses because most celestial events out here are cancelled by clouds or fog. I've only ever seen one decent ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Aug 21, 17 11:36 AM
Glad to hear you grew out of that whole "jaded" thing.
By Pacman (273), Southampton on Aug 21, 17 3:56 PM
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That was not 100% obscuration also called totality. the difference between 98% and 100% is truly stunning.
By Genuin (26), Hampton Bays on Aug 29, 17 12:17 PM
Yup 1970 remember it well,you think the press would look at the stuff they print..
By Rayman (64), southampton on Aug 21, 17 2:19 PM
In fact, it's the first total eclipse to TRAVEL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES alone, coast to coast, for nearly 100 years. That was the point. There were, and will be, more total eclipses to view in specific areas--the next in the U.S. is in 2024.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Aug 21, 17 3:13 PM
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Heard shade 12 is pushing it...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 22, 17 2:08 AM
The media turned the nation upside down for a once in a lifetime event that happens again in 7 years.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Aug 22, 17 5:49 AM