Apr 9, 2024 - News

🌖 D.C. eclipse party

Photographers and viewers crowd for a glimpse of the eclipse on the National Mall.

Photographers capture the solar eclipse near the base of the Washington Monument. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Yesterday was one big citywide eclipse party in D.C

Why it matters: Even though we weren't in the path of totality, Washingtonians were still amped for some partial eclipse action.

Zoom in: There were lines at the National Mall as people waited for free eclipse glasses, the Washington Post compiled an eclipse playlist (while plenty of "Democracy Dies in Darkness" jokes were made online), herds of Senate pages gathered for a peek, and politicians like Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders slapped on their glasses.

👀 What's next: We're already plotting a way to get invited to Capital Weather Gang meteorologist Matthew Cappucci's 2026 European eclipse-slash-birthday cruise.

The solar eclipse behind the top of the Washington Monument.
The eclipse above the Washington Monument. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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