Columbians Witnessed, and Documented, Eclipse Totality

Students, faculty, and staff ventured beyond New York City to witness eclipse totality this week, and showed us what they saw.

April 12, 2024

Earlier this week, hundreds of Columbians gathered on our campuses to witness the solar eclipse as it briefly blotted out most of the sun above New York City.

But some of our University's most intrepid and astronomy-enthusiastic denizens decided they wanted to experience the total eclipse, and so they ventured into the path of totality, which ran diagonally across North America from Mexico to Texas to Maine to Quebec. Here are some of the pictures our enthusiasts took on their travels.

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Members of professor David Schiminovich's Observational Astronomy course watch the eclipse in Newport, Vermont.
Members of the undergraduate astronomy club BlueShift traveled together to Watertown, in upstate New York, to observe the eclipse after a weekend of stargazing in Pennsylvania.
Itai Linial, postdoctoral researcher at Columbia Astrophysics Lab, observing the eclipse in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Totality as seen at 3:27 above docks on Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. (Credit: Kate Gilmore)
Near totality, also known as the "diamond ring," as seen from Newcomb, New York.
The  "Diamond ring" that appears immediately after totality, seen from St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Wondering what to do with your glasses now that the big event is over and the next total eclipse viewable from the contiguous United States won't be until 2044? Check out Astronomers Without Borders' eclipse glasses recycling program or stop by a Warby Parker (the closest to Columbia's Morningside campus is at 2875 Broadway)!