In pictures: Elsevierians experience the solar eclipse

In New York City, sharing the glory (and the glasses); in St. Louis — totality!

Angelica Kerr, Publishing Support Insights Specialist, and Michael Weston, Executive Publisher, Ophthalmology and Pathology, watch the exclipse outside Elsevier's New York Office. Michael came with plenty of glasses for those of us who waited too long to buy them. (Photos of New York by Alison Bert)

Alison Bert watches the eclipse in New York City. (Photo by Liz Perill)In the hour before the eclipse would begin in New York, Michael Weston's desk was a popular spot. You see, those of us who waited too long to buy eclipse glasses were out of luck. Stores were sold out, and people were selling them on the street for $40.

But Michael had a stash. As Executive Publisher of Elsevier's Ophthalmology journals, he had asked our partners at the American Academy of Ophthalmology where he could buy safe glasses. He bought 25 pairs. Now, word spread around the office that he was selling them at cost for just $6 each.

So with our glasses in tow, we headed downstairs to witness a partial solar eclipse, where the moon would cover about 70 percent of the sun. That's me to the right getting my first glimpse.

Here, are the photos I took of my colleagues and the fellow New Yorkers we shared the experience with — followed by photos from St. Louis, where our colleagues witnessed a total eclipse. We'll post more pics as we get them from other offices.

A teaching moment

Eloisa Weitner, 6, just moved to New York from the Netherlands with her family last week. As they were strolling on Park Avenue, she spied our team of eclipse observers. Soon, she got a lesson from Rebecca Capone, a Publisher for Elsevier's Computer Science portfolio, who showed her how to use a pinhole projector crafted from two sheets of paper.

Rebecca Capone, a Publisher for Elsevier's Computer Science portfolio, shows Eloisa Weitzer how to use the pinhole projector she made from two sheets of paper as her father, Jan Weitner, and her sister look on. Jan's wife now works for the permanent representation of the Dutch government at the United Nations.

Taking it in

Liz Perill, Executive Publisher, Health Sciences at Elsevier, watches the eclipse.

Jason Awerdick, Marketing Communication Manager for Elsevier's Life Science journals, watches the eclipse in New York.

Sharing the experience

Carol Elias, who works in our building, came out to experience the eclipse, but she didn't have eclipse glasses. So we gave her a spare pair. After having a look ...

Carol Elias watches the eclipse in New York City.

... she shared them with her colleagues.

Carol's coworkers take turns with the glasses.

Don't try this at home!

Angelica Kerr consulted the NASA website for instructions on how to photograph the eclipse with her smartphone — without ruining the phone or her eyes. Here she is with three of our colleagues (and a guy who thinks it's OK to watch the eclipse if he squints and shades his eyes).

Angelica Kerr photographs eclipse as her colleagues watch with eclipse glasses (left to right): Liz Perill, Executive Publisher; Allan Ross, Senior Publisher, Health and Medical Science Journals; and Michael Weston.

"You can feel the shadow on you"

With minutes until peak eclipse time, Michael handed his glasses to Suzanne Thompson, an Account Support Coordinator at Elsevier. "I'm a science geek anyway, so I love this," she said, after seeing the moon cover nearly 70 percent of the sun.

Suzanne Thomson watches the eclipses with Michael's glasses as Michael (at left) looks on.

Suzanne said she could sense the eclipse even before seeing it in the sky:

Waking around, you can feel it — you can feel the shadow on you. It's approaching dusk but not really. I think it's because intellectually I know it's daytime.

Meanwhile, the crowds continued to grow until peak eclipse time of 2:44 p.m.

Crowds gather as the peak eclipse time approaches.

In contrast to the Elsevierians, the crowds outside Bryant Park were less scientific in their viewing – no eclipse glasses, staring at the sun and taking selfies. (Photo by Tom Reller)

And in St. Louis — totality!

Employees in St. Louis were fortunate to be able to witness a total eclipse. While some took the day off to experience this historic occasion, others gathered outside with their glasses. Jeffery Bryant, Manager and Technical Support Consultant for Operations, photographed the eclipse and his colleagues watching it.

The solar eclipse approaches totality in St. Louis. (Photo by Jeffery Bryant)

Employees in Elsevier's St. Louis office watch the eclipse. (Photo by Jeffrey Bryant)

Employees in Elsevier's St. Louis office watch the eclipse. (Photo by Jeffrey Bryant)


Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

As Executive Editor of Strategic Communications at Elsevier, Dr. Alison Bert works with contributors around the world to publish daily stories for the global science and health communities. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect, which won the 2016 North American Excellence Award for Science & Education.

Alison joined Elsevier in 2007 from the world of journalism, where she was a business reporter and blogger for The Journal News, a Gannett daily newspaper in New York. In the previous century, she was a classical guitarist on the music faculty of Syracuse University. She received a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, was Fulbright scholar in Spain, and studied in a master class with Andrés Segovia.


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