Partial eclipse enough for many in state

Temperatures drop, crickets awaken as onlookers enjoy rare phenomenon

Posted: August 22, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

People watch the solar eclipse Monday from Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton. About 100 people attended the eclipse watch party atop Petit Jean Mountain.

The sky became dimmer, temperatures dropped by 5 degrees, confused crickets chirped briefly and thousands of Arkansans stopped what they were doing and stared skyward Monday.

Partial eclipse in central Arkansas

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Photos by John Sykes

Becky Rogers watches the solar eclipse at its peak Monday from the front walkway of the state Capitol in Little Rock.

Caterina McConnell, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, looks through a pair of eclipse viewing glasses Monday to watch the solar eclipse with f...

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