People of all ages and backgrounds gathered Monday afternoon in Diamond Park and along the sidewalks of downtown Butler to view a 79 percent eclipse of the sun.
“I thought it was breathtaking,” said Jeannie Gallagher of Butler, who works in the Morgan Center building and came outside with co-workers to view the sun and moon.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon, during its new moon phase, passes in front of the sun casting a shadow on part of Earth.
The partial eclipse was visible to most of the contiguous United States, while people within a 70-mile-wide ribbon stretching from Oregon to South Carolina were able to see the totality, or 100 percent eclipse.
A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.