Eclipse could be Aroostook’s biggest attraction since Phish

HOULTON, Maine — In just under a year, the population of Houlton could swell far beyond conservative estimates of 10,000 to 20,000 for the total eclipse of the sun.

It’s an almost addictive experience and an indescribable cosmic thrill that leads some to yell, scream or even cry in its beauty, said John Gianforte, a University of New Hampshire astronomy professor and director of the university observatory.

“It’s one of the most awe-inspiring events. There are some of the most beautiful shades of pink, the pinkest pink I’ve ever seen, all unfolding in front of you,” he said. “When it’s over people say, ‘When’s the next one?’”

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