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Solar eclipse brings observers to Mt. Wilson
Solar eclipse brings observers to Mt. Wilson

To mark the solar eclipse that swept across the Southern California sky on Thursday — the first one seen in Los Angeles in 2 1/2 years — the Cosmic Cafe on Mt. Wilson was serving up sandwiches and chili. This was kind of a big deal. After all, the place is usually closed on weekdays. "Whenever there is an eclipse or a meteor shower, we always get people driving up here," said Don Nicholson, deputy director of public affairs for the Mt. Wilson Observatory. "We wanted to be ready." The hordes never came, but just after 2 p.m. when the eclipse began, a dozen people crowded into the base of the gleaming, white 150-foot solar tower, which has been in...

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