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Separate but one, magnified by the Great American Eclipse


Last updated 8/24/2017 at Noon

The total solar eclipse, as seen from the zone of totality in Oregon.

Bill McAulay was in high school when his mother made him get up in the middle of the night to look at a comet that was streaking across the dark sky.

This week, in Madras, Oregon, he said he couldn’t remember what comet it was (A Google search suggests it was Ikeya-Seki in 1965, the brightest comet in the 20th century.), but it sparked an interest in all things celestial, and Bill became an amateur astronomer.

That was fortunate for a group of us who converged on Madras for the big eclipse Monday. Bill and his wife Jo started planning their visit to the rural, mid-Oregon town more than...

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