NCC Employees Experience the Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse

At NCC, we like to think that nothing can eclipse the experiences we have working together, enabling communication and collaboration for our customers.  Nothing except perhaps…experiencing an eclipse together!  On the afternoon of August 21st, many of our employees joined millions of Americans who stepped outside to get an optimal view of the solar sensation.

NCC Group shot (eclipse)
Several NCC employees gathered outside HQ on a beautiful Monday afternoon to view the eclipse.

While our McLean, VA headquarters was not in the path of a total eclipse, our employees were able to capture some amazing images of the glowing crescent shape as the moon shielded the sun; the eclipse reached approximately 80 percent of totality at 2:42 p.m. Eastern Time.  Some employees took in the experience from the rooftop terrace of the EastBoro, while others observed the eclipse from outside the front entrance.  All wearing protective eyewear of course!

solar eclipse (from NCC HQ)
The eclipse, as seen from NCC Headquarters in McLean, VA

Other employees who live outside the metropolitan DC area were in prime position for the eclipse.  About 650 miles southwest of NCC HQ in Nashville, TN, a Senior Editor in our Multimedia Production division was one of the lucky ones to be in the 70-mile wide path of the total eclipse (see the photo in the upper right).   She hosted a viewing party at her house, and had the privilege of a front row seat to this inimitable event.  “It is hard to describe,” she said about the scene outside as the eclipse commenced.  “It wasn’t like sunset lighting; it was like a lightbulb about to go out, dull, and then it looked like it was 8:00 at night in seconds.”  She continued, “You could see the shape of the eclipse through the leaves of the trees; they made crescent moons.”

We were thrilled to enjoy this incredible event with our colleagues, friends, and family.  For those of you eclipse chasers, hold onto your glasses and stake out your 2024 spot between Texas and New England!