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Longtime amateur astronomer planned months in advance for St. Joseph eclipse viewing

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Rick Heschmeyer, left, president of the Astronomical Associates of Lawrence, will be heading to St. Joseph, Mo., with his son, Michael, to experience the eclipse within the path of totality. Heschmeyer has been an amateur astronomer for about 30 years, he says.

It’s estimated that 7 million Americans will travel some distance to see Monday’s solar eclipse in its path of totality. Rick Heschmeyer is one of them, but the longtime amateur astronomer isn’t trekking too far, all things considered.

Heschmeyer, representing the Astronomical Associates of Lawrence, expects he’ll share the experience with anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 people Monday at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Mo.

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