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People gather in Butler to view eclipse

August 21, 2017 News Extra

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Silas Boyle, 4, from Butler checks out the solar eclipse with his special glasses at Diamond Park on Monday

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.

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