21 August, 2017
Thousands of people have descended on Southern Illinois for the total solar eclipse that will cross the Carbondale area this afternoon. Four hundred excited eclipse chaser got up early this morning to board the eclipse express at Union Station to get down south to Carbondale. "How can you plan for something like this? But nothing like this has ever happened before".
Portions of southern IL are expected to be in the path of totality, or when the moon will completely block the sun during Monday afternoon's eclipse. Stadium capacity is 15,000. "There isn't anything else we could possibly do to bring this many folks to Carbondale".
If you're looking to catch Monday's solar eclipse from the Chicago area, you might want to hope for a break in the clouds.
A university release said the campus will go completely black from the eclipse at 1:21 p.m., Central time, with partial phases beginning at 11:52 a.m. and ending at 2:47 p.m.
If you want to be safe and still see the eclipse, it will be broadcast from several locations across the USA, including Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on NASA TV.
Some areas could stay dry and clouds could break in time to see the eclipse.
And Carbondale will get to do it all over again in seven years.