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View partial solar eclipse at Capitol Reef National Park

Officials at Capitol Reef National Park are offering visitors a chance to view the “Great American Eclipse” on Monday, Aug. 21.
Officials at Capitol Reef National Park are offering visitors a chance to view the “Great American Eclipse” on Monday, Aug. 21.
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CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK — Park officials are offering visitors a chance to view the “Great American Eclipse” on Monday, Aug. 21.

Although not in the zone of totality, Capitol Reef should experience approximately 82 percent obstruction during the solar eclipse beginning at 10:14 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. The period of greatest eclipse will occur at 11:35 a.m.

A solar telescope and a telescope with a solar filter will be set up in front of the visitor center starting at 9 a.m. In addition, the Capitol Reef Natural History Association will sell special eclipse-viewing glasses at the visitor center bookstore for a nominal free.

The Aug. 21 event has been billed as "The Great American Eclipse" because it will cross the country coast-to-coast from Oregon to South Carolina, the best eclipse for Americans in 99 years.

To see totality — the brief period when the moon completely hides the sun — a viewer has to be inside a 60- to 70-mile zone that crosses 14 states including Idaho and Wyoming, but not Utah.