Here’s What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse

WIRED Magazine: On August 21, darkness will wash over America. But in a good way, we promise. Here’s everything you need to know if you want to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse.

On August 21, 2017 Chicago (87%) will be the closest to a total solar eclipse in the past 92 years, but another total solar eclipse will be nearby on April 8, 2024 — and the path southeast of Chicago will be a little closer.

The next Total Solar Eclipse in Chicago will be in the year 2099.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks any part of the Sun. In Chicago on August 21, 2017, the eclipse will begin at approximately 11:54 am. and by 1:19 pm, the Moon will block 87% of the Sun.

In southern Illinois at the main SIU Carbondale campus, the partial phase of the eclipse will start at 11:52 a.m., totality will happen at 1:21 p.m. CDT. The eclipse ends in Carbondale at 2:47 p.m.

Totality in Carbondale will last 2 min 30 sec. A little south of Carbondale, totality will last 2 min 40 sec.

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NASA Major Solar Eclipses Visible from Chicago, IL

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Former NASA astronaut Michael Massimino offers insight on what to expect in segment on Good Morning America.