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Gazing up to the heavens

While Monday’s solar eclipse didn’t reach totality in Gloucester and Mathews counties (it was about 85 percent here), some intrepid souls drove to catch the celestial phenomenon in its full glory. Photographer Stephen Blue of Deltaville (who works for the Gloucester County Department of Information Technology) went to Cross Plains, Tennessee, just a few yards off the exact centerline of the eclipse, to capture these images. He mounted his camera and a 600mm sports lens onto a computerized sky-tracking tripod and tracked the sun across the sky for over four hours. “Nice to have friends who have cool toys,” he quipped. The dots on the surface of the sun are sunspots. Throughout the area, people stopped what they were doing to get a glimpse of Monday’s solar eclipse. Below, people gathered at the Mathews Community Labyrinth in front of Kingston Episcopal Church to watch the eclipse. ...

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