Southern Illinois prepares for April’s total solar eclipse

(The Center Square) – One of the best places in the world to see the 2024 total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, is the Southern Illinois University campus in Carbondale. 

The sky will go totally dark for 4 minutes, starting at 1:59 p.m., giving people a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the solar corona, the jacket of gasses that makes up the outer atmosphere of the Sun. 

The stunning “ring of fire” corona is only visible when the moon covers the sun completely. In Chicago, people should have their solar glasses ready so that they can watch the sky go dark at midday when the moon covers 95% of the sun. But the glorious corona will not be visible in Chicago because the darkness will not be total. 

Sarah VanVooren, director of events and conferences, says SIU has been preparing for years to celebrate the 2024 solar
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