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By Brandon Cline
Reporter 

Park hosts happy eclipse crowd

 

August 23, 2017

Roger Nichols

Cars headed for the eclipse viewing were bumper to bumper northbound on Highway 97.

The 2017 solar eclipse has come and gone, and hundreds of people flocked to the Goldendale Observatory to take in the once-in-a-lifetime event.

The observatory was open bright and early on Aug. 21, the day of the eclipse, and later descended into an eerie and chilly darkness at 10:22 a.m. later that morning, when 97.4 percent of the sun was blocked by Earth's moon. The temperature notably dropped several degrees from when the eclipse began at 9:09 a.m. to when it reached maximum coverage at 10:22 a.m. Goldendale Observatory director Troy Carpenter said that's due in part to the moon blocking infrared radiation from the sun.

The eclipse began with the moon blocking the upper-right portion...



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