Locals experience eclipse in unique ways

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The eclipse has captivated people across the nation, and many people in our area have found some unique ways to watch it.

Some traveled all the way to the path of totality to see the full eclipse. Some broke out the telescope to get a closer look. Others took to the skies to get a little bit closer to the sun.

Boyd Williams has been flying for 30 years. He says he wanted to get a different perspective on the eclipse.

"Hey, it's a once in a lifetime experience," Williams says.

He made sure to tilt the plane to get the best view for his passengers.

"I didn't really know what to expect," Williams says. "I was kind of hoping it would cast a shadow over Meridian, and I thought it'd be great to share with as many people as possible."

Williams was hoping to see a little more shade over Meridian, but at about 89 percent coverage, the sun was still hard to stop, keeping the Queen City very bright.

Either way, he says it's a unique experience he won't soon forget.

"I log every single flight I've ever taken for the last 30 years, and this one will say 'eclipse flight,'" he says.

The next solar eclipse is in 2024. Meridian will be at about 85 percent totality. The eclipse in 2045 will see Meridian in the path of totality.