Festivities

solar eclipse glassesTogether with our partners, NASA Eclipse 2017, the Adler Planetarium of Chicago and the Louisiana Space Consortium, eclipseSIU will feature a variety of events on campus the day of the eclipse, with the main one being a public viewing at the football stadium. Mat Kaplan, host and producer of Planetary Radio, which airs on 150 stations and online, will serve as host and guide. There also will be indoor viewing, talks and presentations, an arts and crafts fair, and an area dedicated to eclipse citizen science.

Planned Events

Friday, August 18

Event Time Location
Crossroads Festival – Carnival, Food, Music 4pm – 12am South of the SIU Arena
Galaxy Ride Events (Adler Planetarium in Southern Illinois) 7pm – 10pm World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, Illinois

Saturday, August 19

Event Time Location
Eclipse Comic Con 10am – 5pm Student Center
Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace and Live Music
City Event
11am – 7pm First Mid-Illinois Bank Parking Lot
Carbondale Family Fun Zone
City event
11am – 8pm Carbondale Town Square Pavilion
Crossroads Festival – Carnival, Food, Music 11am – 12am South of the SIU Arena
Galaxy Ride Events (Adler Planetarium in Southern Illinois) 1pm – 3pm The Science Center, Carbondale, Il
Crossroads Eclipse 2017 Research Workshop 3:30 pm – 6pm Student Center
Carbondale Shadowfest Concert
 City event
5pm – 11pm Downtown, Washington St Venue
Galaxy Ride Events (Adler Planetarium in Southern Illinois) 6:30pm – 10pm Big Muddy Brewing, Murphysboro, Il

Sunday, August 20

Event Time Location
Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo 9am – 5pm SIU Arena
Eclipse Information Tents 9am to 9pm North and South of SIU Arena
Eclipse Comic Con 10am – 5pm Student Center
Crossroads Art & Craft Fair 10:30am – 7pm North of the SIU Arena
Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace and Live Music
City event
11am – 7pm First Mid-Illinois Bank Parking Lot
Carbondale Family Fun Zone
City event
11am – 8pm Carbondale Town Square Pavilion
Crossroads Festival – Carnival, Food, Music 11am- 12am South of the SIU Arena
Planetary Radio Live with Host Mat Kaplan 5pm – 6:30pm Shryock Auditorium
Carbondale Shadowfest Concert
 City event
5pm – 11pm Downtown, Washington St

Monday, August 21

Event Time Location
On Campus Parking Open & Shuttles Running 6am – 8pm Campus Parking Lots
Eclipse Information Tents 8am – 7:30pm North and South of SIU Arena
Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace
City event
9am – 3pm First Mid-Illinois Bank Parking Lot
Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo 9am – 5pm SIU Arena
Crossroads Art & Craft Fair 9am – 5pm North of the SIU Arena
Crossroads Festival – Carnival, Food, Music 9am – 7pm South of the SIU Arena
NASA Edge Eclipse Megacast Anchor Site 10am – 3pm Outside Saluki Stadium
Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium (ticketed) Gates, 9am 10am – 3pm Saluki Stadium
Carbondale Family Fun Zone
City event
10am – 6pm Carbondale Town Square Pavilion
Carbondale Shadowfest Concert
 City event
11am – 5pm Downtown, Washington St
Total Solar Eclipse for 2 minutes and 38 seconds 1:20pm Saluki Stadium

Galaxy Ride Events (Adler Planetarium in Southern Illinois)

Adler Planetarium is off to southern Illinois to celebrate the 2017 total solar eclipse!

The Galaxy Ride team will make their way from Chicago to towns both big and small. Observe the Sun (during the day) or other objects (at night) through a telescope, touch a REAL piece of the Moon, talk to an astronomer, learn how eclipses work, discover the size and scale of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, find out how fast the speed of light is—and get a little exercise at the same time—and much more!

Like Adler Planetarium on Facebook and watch for updates on Twitter, @AdlerPlanet and #AdlerGalaxyRide, to see where Galaxy Ride will go!

Date Time Location
Monday, August 14 5pm – 7pm Olney Public Library, Olney, Illinois
Tuesday, August 15 7:30pm – 9pm St. Nicholas Brewing Company, Du Quoin, IL
Wednesday, August 16 8pm – 9:30pm Bottoms Up Family Bar & Grill, Jacob, IL
Thursday, August 17 11am – 2pm Cache River Wetlands Center
Thursday, August 17 3:30pm – 5pm Shawnee Community College
Friday, August 18 7pm – 10pm World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Saturday, August 19 1pm – 3pm The Science Center, Carbondale, Il
Saturday, August 19 6:30pm – 10pm Big Muddy Brewing, Murphysboro, Il

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