YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Dozens of hikers made their way to the top Yorktown's Turkey Mountain on Monday afternoon to catch a glimpse of a rare cosmic event.

Today marked the first time since Feb. 26, 1979 that a total solar eclipse was visible across much of the United States. It was also the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States.

That means, according to NASA, that "all of North America was able to see a partial or total solar eclipse. Along the path of totality (a narrow, 70-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina) the moon completely blocked the sun, revealing the sun’s faint outer atmosphere. Elsewhere, the moon blocked part of the sun’s face, creating a partial solar eclipse."

In Yorktown, the eclipse peaked around 2:44 p.m., when the moon obscured about 70 percent of the sun.