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After waiting in line to get into the small gated park on the west side of Manhattan, we were offered Android-branded picnic blankets and green solar glasses to view the eclipse.

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A platform displayed a countdown clock until the eclipse would be viewable from our location.

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A number of google employees and guests had cameras set up on tripods with the proper filters or DIY filters made from eclipse-watching glasses material.

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Members of the CNET video team were on hand to capture the magic. Here's Mark Licea taking in the eclipse.

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As peak eclipse neared, we were treated to video feeds from NASA and various clips from places in the path of totality.

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Some of us put the glasses up as a filter over our phone's camera.

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Granted, it's a wide shot for a distant subject, and not terribly sharp. But given that I didn't want to burn my DSLR sensor, it was the best I could get.

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The crowd got excited every time there was a break in the clouds. We all counted down from 10 as we reached peak eclipse.

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Moments later, the stage got active with some smoke effects... and a statue to represent the new Android OS 8 was revealed.

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Oreo will be its name. Will Google ever run out of sweets to name these after?

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There were a number of people who brought their kids. I wonder if they'll remember the eclipse or the smoke effects more.

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Or maybe the free Oreos?

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Free ice cream? Yes, please.

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The special edition Oreos on top of the cones doled out by Little Damage were branded with the Android O robot figure.

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