Carbondale is in the path of totality for not one, but two total solar eclipses. The first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979 will reach its point of greatest duration on Aug. 21, 2017, just a few miles south of Carbondale. The next solar eclipse will happen on April 8, 2024. The centerlines of totality for both these eclipses intersect over Carbondale’s Cedar Lake. Learn more.
The total solar eclipse of 2017, the first total eclipse over the continental U.S. since 1979, will reach its point of greatest duration (GD) just a few miles south of Carbondale. The view from SIU should be spectacular, with the campus hosting a wide variety events for visitors on the weekend and day of the eclipse.
Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium
Saluki Stadium is the focal point of the eclipse observation event, where the public is invited to a guided eclipse experience emceed by Mat Kaplan of Planetary Radio. Guests will see the eclipse happening live overhead while watching and participating in a variety of edutainment activities developed in conjunction with our partners including, NASA Eclipse 2017, the Adler Planetarium of Chicago, the Louisiana Space Consortium, The Science Center of Southern Illinois and other related groups. Visitors will be able to see live coverage of the eclipse across America through the eyes of NASA, anchored by NASA Edge from the campus of SIU Carbondale. Additional events on campus will include scientific talks leading up to the eclipse, the Crossroads Festival (food, carnival, entertainment, Aug. 18-21), Crossroads Comic-Con in the SIU Student Center (Aug. 19-20), the Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo in the SIU Arena (Aug. 20-21), the Crossroads Art and Craft Fair (Aug. 20-21), additional open viewing areas, and much more. Tickets for the stadium event are required. Additional campus events are free and open to the public. More information on NASA Eclipse2017 is available at eclipse2017.nasa.gov.