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Eclipse viewers planning for Monday, Aug. 21

Solar eclipse
Solar eclipse

Many residents of the Boone County area are making plans to observe the solar eclipse next Monday, Aug. 21, at various locations. Some will be watching from their home areas, while others will be traveling south into the “path of totality.”

As of Aug. 14, local astronomer Burt Watson was planning to have two of his telescopes set up for eclipse viewing at Fuller Park from about 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the day of the eclipse. The maximum eclipse for this area will take place at about 1 p.m.

Some Albion businesses are planning to close for a portion of the day. Boone County Courthouse will be closed from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 21.