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Solar Eclipse 2017

As plans unfold for viewing the Great American Solar Eclipse, we plan to provide updates for teachers, students, and members of the public. Check back periodically.

Local Eclipse sites from close to where you observe can provide

Those difficult-to-find details:

  • Even if you don’t overnight in or near Chester, you can buy a parking pass online for their eclipse viewing site, and buy a very neat eclipse T-shirt (“Twice in a Lifetime”):
  • Lots of stuff going on at SIU – check it out!
  • Makanda is the exact crossing point for the 2017 & 2024 Total Solar Eclipses. Be sure to read about the last two total solar eclipses in Illinois; also excellent is “Five Eclipse Planning Mistakes to Avoid”:
  • Contains 200 quotes regarding eclipses, from ancient China and Babylon to the present:
  • Fred Espenak has retired, and now has his own website:
  • Hint: Watch YouTube videos of “shadow bands”; also watch Fred Espenak on video at: (More resources given at 49min mark)
  • This is a great website for maps (including individual state maps & a 10-foot long map of the eclipse path across the U.S.), eclipse history, eclipse phenomena, animations, eclipse basics, future eclipses in the U.S. and elsewhere, and stuff to sell. Michael Zeiler created this excellent website, which includes links to additional sites – even to eclipse cartoons.


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Physical Sciences Building Room 2131
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3220

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