No amount of clouds could keep Philly from enjoying at least a partial solar eclipse earlier today. It was the first total eclipse of the sun visible in the United States in 99 years.
Crowds gathered around places like the Franklin Institute and simply in the streets all around Philly to watch the celestial event, which started around 1:21 p.m. Maximum coverage of 79.9 percent began at 2:44 p.m.
After months of waiting, the total solar eclipse lasted roughly two minutes. (Here are scenes from towns that were in the path of totality.)
So what did the highly-anticipated event look like in Philly? It looked like a crescent moon peeking through the clouds.
Here are some scenes from today’s rare solar eclipse, beginning with NB10’s live-time capture of the point of maximum coverage at 2:44 p.m.