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.
Solar Eclipse Festivities
There will be several events on campus the day of the eclipse, the main one being a public viewing at the football stadium. There will also be eclipse tailgating, indoor viewing, talks and presentations and an area dedicated to eclipse citizen science. For people who want to be right on the point of greatest duration, there is an event planned by the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois just south of the main Carbondale campus in Giant City State Park. If you don’t get eclipse glasses in advance, plenty will be available at the campus events. There will also be an opportunity for direct viewing through special solar telescopes. Find out more about the festivities.