Southern New England treated to partial eclipse

Stefan Carp captured this incredible image of a plane flying through the eclipse in Boston. (Submitted Photo)

After days of anticipation and years of waiting, the great American eclipse is in the history books.

Only a handful of cities in the United States got to witness a total eclipse. Around Massachusetts and Rhode Island, most places saw 65 percent obstruction of the sun.

At the Brown University campus green, hundreds turned out to see the solar eclipse -- the last total solar eclipse was over 80 years ago, so for most, the last spectacle was well before their time.

“I made a another DIY cereal box eclipse glasses,” said 14-year-old Samia Nash. “I saw it on NASA.“

“I've never seen an eclipse in my life. So it was pretty cool,” said another child at the viewing party.

“The moon since it's never really out during the sun, it's cool to see both of them -- one of them covering the other,” said another boy at the Brown University campus.

Although only about two-thirds of the sun was covered by the moon in southern New England, it was still an astronomical phenomenon for adults too.

“It's really striking that you can sense the depth between the two bodies,” said another visitor. “It's not just the moon blotting out the sun, you can tell that one is millions of miles away.”

And as the sun and the moon moved apart in the sky, many down below are already dreaming of the next total solar eclipse. It’ll be in 2024, and Providence will see 90 percent coverage of the sun.

More than 500 people gathered on the campus of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to view Monday's solar eclipse.

A large crowd filled the field surrounding Hirshfeld-Dowd Observatory.

At its peak, the eclipse seen in the Dartmouth area was about 65 percent of what is seen during a total eclipse.

UMass Dartmouth faculty members handed out free eclipse glasses, but because of the large crowd many people ended up sharing.

Peter Quinn, a sixth-grade teacher who lives in Dartmouth, brought his children to the gathering.

"Anything we can experience as a family is a memory maker that we will cherish today and always," said Quinn.

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