Total Eclipses are utterly lovely, wonderfully eery, but eclipses are hardly just earthly phenomena. They happen everywhere in the cosmos, literally every second of any day.
On August 21, 2017 Chicago 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.
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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