Don’t look now — the city’s skies are being taken over Monday by a rare solar eclipse.
As New Yorkers awaited the celestial wonder, experts were warning not to gaze at the sun with unprotected eyes or risk serious vision damage.
The eclipse, where the moon covers the sun, is set to start at 1:23 p.m. and last until 4 p.m., peaking at 2:44 p.m., when the biggest swath of the sun will be covered.
New Yorkers are searching high and low for a pair of specialty sunglasses affixed with a solar filter ahead of Monday’s much-anticipated Great American Eclipse.
Thousands of glasses have been delivered to stores in the city, but many of them have been scooped up in recent days, leaving last-minute searchers scrambling.
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While New York City isn’t in the path of today’s total solar eclipse, we’re still expecting quite the spectacle.
Nearly 72 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon during a partial solar eclipse.
“New Yorkers should be really excited,” said Dr. Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. “The total solar eclipse is getting all the attention, but partial solar eclipses are an experience all on their own.”
Not going to lie: the vibe here borders on scene-y but the views of the Empire are hard to beat. The drinks here are super seasonal, including a pineapple and rum concoction and a watermelon margarita.