Solar eclipse blocks out 75 percent of sun in New Jersey

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While portions of the United States experienced a total solar eclipse on Monday, residents in New Jersey were only be able to see a partial solar eclipse, with 75 percent of the sun blocked out. 

Regardless, many gathered across the Garden State to experience the event.

In Newark, the moon started to move over the sun just before 1:30 p.m. Monday. It reached maximum coverage around 2:45 p.m. 

Related: Liberty Science Center hosts solar eclipse watch event

Photos: New Jersey solar eclipse

"It's all kind of accumulating to this one massive, gorgeous event, the celestial coincidence that we have, which is the eclipse," Andrew Yolleck of the Liberty Science Center told News 12 New Jersey. “Unfortunately, we won't get the total solar eclipse here in New Jersey.”

The Newark Museum also held a viewing event in its courtyard with experts on hand to answer questions.

Many New Jersey residents simply gathered in their own yards with their neighbors or at the Jersey Shore for the occasion.

NASA reported 4.4 million people were watching its TV coverage midway through the eclipse, the biggest livestream event in the space agency's history.

The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be in 2024. The next coast-to-coast one will not be until 2045.

The Associated Press news wire service contributed to this report.

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