Southern Illinois Crossroads Eclipse Festival

SIU 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. Michelle Nichols of Adler Planetarium 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. We provide a unique family friendly experience rich with activities centered on the arts and sciences.

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Join SIU Carbondale for a four-day total solar eclipse festival at the Solar Eclipse Crossroads of America.  SIU Carbondale is on the centerline for the upcoming 2024 total solar eclipse and will experience 4 minutes and 9 seconds of totality in the shadow of the moon.  Festivities will span 4 days and include:



Date April 5, 2024Time 9:00 am - 2:00 pmVenue Faner Mall

The Chalk-eclipse is an annual regional junior high and high school chalk competition held on the SIU campus. This year the artwork will explore eclipse related imagery. The Chalk-eclipse competition is organized by local art educators with the help of SIU ArtED. It is...



Date April 7, 2024Time All Day EventVenue Washington Street/Downtown Carbondale

More information coming soon. *Time: TBD*


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