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No eclipse view

The Capitol's 14th floor will not be open during the eclipse since the view would be very limited. 

As you're planning your eclipse viewing possibilities for Aug. 21, take the 14th floor of the Nebraska Capitol off your list. 

The 14th floor is where many tourists and Nebraskans go to get a look from on high of the city of Lincoln and its surroundings. But it won't be good for viewing the sun, said Capitol tourism supervisor Roxanne Smith. 

Because of that, the state Capitol Commission is closing the 14th floor until 2 p.m. that day, she said. 

Viewers trying to see the eclipse from the 14th floor will miss it and see only darkened sky and shadows, she said. 

Lincoln is in the eclipse's path of totality. The partial eclipse begins at 11:37 a.m. and totality begins at 1:02 p.m. and lasts just less than 1 1/2 minutes.

Smith encouraged people to spread a blanket on the Capitol lawn and enjoy a picnic lunch as they celebrate the "Sesquicentennial eclipse." The Capitol Cafe will be open for purchasing a lunch for their picnic, she said. 

If you have questions, contact Smith at 402-471-0449 or

Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or

On Twitter @LJSLegislature.


State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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