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Local Circumstances for the 21 AUG 2017 Total Solar Eclipse at Carbondale, IL:

Latitude: 37° 43' 38" NLongitude: 89° 13' 00" W
Duration of Totality*: 2m 37sPartial phase start: 11:52:26AM (CDT), at "1:30 o'clock" on the sun's disk
Totality Start*: 1:20:05PM (CDT)
*All times shown are calculated for the lat/long specified above, and are accurate to within a couple of seconds, due mainly to influences of the "edge effects" at the start and end of totality.
For a more detailed explanation of this, please see the "About Accuracy" section of this great 2017 eclipse page by Ernie Wright of NASA!
Please also note that these times have been converted from UTC; if you see times on other sites that say "UTC"/ "UT", or "GMT", those are NOT the local times for you in Carbondale!

Standard Google Map of Carbondale and vicinity
Current Weather Forecast for Carbondale
Visit our "Weather" links above for other great cloud cover forecast maps!

Xavier Jubier's interactive map of the path near Carbondale

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Carbondale, IL

Carbondale is in the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017!
Observers there will see (appx.) 2m 37s of totality!

(Get your eclipse glasses here – you MUST have them to safely view the partial phases!)

Do you have a location that could host folks seeking to watch the eclipse?
First, we'd suggest you contact your local Chamber of Commerce and/or Town/City Council.
But then, check out Sky & Telescope Magazine's Marketplace for viewing locations! also has a (paid) Eclipse advertising section, where you can make and post an ad to promote your products and services!


Please be sure to check out Dr. Kate Russo's excellent White Paper on Community Eclipse Planning!

Not where you want to be?
Go back to other IL cities!
Visit community pages for other states


Carbondale is certainly at the forefront of eclipse activities!

Check out their Facebook page at Carbondale Eclipse 2017!

And be sure to visit Carbondale's official eclipse 2017 page!


NASA has designated an area near Carbondale in southern Illinois as the official viewing location for the "Total Solar Eclipse’s Greatest Point of Duration"!

NASA will be streaming the eclipse live from Carbondale. 200,000 people are expected to be there to witness the event!


Official Plans for viewing the eclipse from Carbondale

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is leading the charge for community preparedness!  Their ability to host literally thousands of eclipse chasers on the campus grounds is making Carbondale a sure site to consider!

Check out the site they've prepared for 2017 eclipse viewing at SIU in Carbondale!

And also be sure to visit the Carbondale IL area 2017 eclipse information site!!

You can also follow the Carbondale Eclipse preparations on Facebook and Twitter!


Here is an October 4 2016 update from SIU:

We have been getting a lot of inquiries from travelers about reserving tickets to activities at SIU Carbondale.  Advanced tickets for events at the stadium went on sale this week.   Costs and information is available at:  The ticket cost is intended to cover costs of facilities and programming.  Discount tickets for school groups are available.  Most other areas on campus will be open and free to the public for the eclipse including the outdoor venues around the stadium and the eclipse expo in the SIU arena. 
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources opened up camping reservations at several location in the eclipse path a few weeks ago to make 1,600 state camp sites available for reservation to the general public.  Some areas are already fully reserved.  Additional info on camping and activities in the parks is posted on the IDNR site here:  We are working with campgrounds to coordinate shuttle from some areas into campus the weekend prior to and day of the eclipse.
Limited information on additional events and lodging throughout the Southern Illinois region is currently available on  This site currently is aliased to, and will undergo major changes that will show up this December.  The site is being developed jointly by the tourism bureaus in Southern Illinois and will include event and lodging information on all Southern Illinois communities in the eclipse path.  



Amateur radio operators from southern Illinois, SE Missouri, NW Kentucky and SW Indiana will be operating from 0001 August 17 through 2359 August 21, 2017 the special events station, W9E.

All licensed amateur operators traveling to the area are welcome to attend the event and operate.
Repeater talk in frequencies will be published on the website.
For further information contact or view on


Eclipse 2017 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public Events


Crossroads Festival,  August 18 – 21.  Food, Carnival, Entertainment.  Lot 18 (south of SIU Arena)

Crossroads Eclipse 2017 Research Workshop Presentations, Saturday, August 19, SIU Student Center   

Eclipse Comic-Con, August 19 – 20, SIU Student Center 

Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo, August 20 – 21, SIU Arena

Crossroads Art and Craft Fair, August 20 – 21, SIU Campus

Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium, Monday, August 21  


Activities on Sunday, August 20 will include a Planetary Radio Live Eclipse 2017 Panel Discussion led by Mat Kaplan.  Details TBA.   

The overall Eclipse 2017 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale event description follows: 

The total solar eclipse of 2017, the first total eclipse over the continental U.S. since 1979 will reach its point of greatest duration (GD) just a few miles from Carbondale. The view from SIU should be spectacular with the campus hosting a wide variety events for visitors on the weekend and day of the eclipse. Saluki Stadium is the focal point of the eclipse observation event where the public is invited to a guided eclipse experience emceed by Mat Kaplan of Planetary Radio. Guests will see the eclipse happening live overhead while watching and participating in a variety of edutainment activities developed in conjunction with our partners including, NASA Eclipse 2017, the Adler Planetarium of Chicago, the Louisiana Space Consortium, The Science Center of Southern Illinois and other related groups. Visitors will be able to see live coverage of the eclipse across America through the eyes of NASA, anchored by NASA Edge from the campus of SIU Carbondale. Additional events on campus will include scientific talks leading up to the eclipse, the Crossroads Festival (Food, Carnival, Entertainment in Lot 18, August 18 – 21), Crossroads Comic-Con in the SIU Student Center (August 19-20), the Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo in the SIU Arena (August 20 – 21), The Crossroads Art and Craft Fair (August 20 – 21), additional open viewing areas, and much more. For more information, see and the discussion section of this event. Tickets for the stadium event are required. Additional campus events are free and open to the public. Additional information on NASA Eclipse2017 is at



Pictures of the Carbondale area

No pictures of Carbondale have been submitted yet!

If you are an official of Carbondale, who is responsible for Eclipse2017 public outreach,
please send us information about your community’s 2017 eclipse plans – so we can share it here with everyone!
(Please note, we are completely swamped with requests, so NO more pictures - and PLEASE give us the text EXACTLY so we can cut and paste it in!) encourages everyone to get into the path of totality on eclipse day,
and see one of the greatest sights the sky has to offer!

(And make sure to have eclipse glasses on hand for everyone!)

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