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Map of the Carbondale area. The entire map lies within the path of totality.

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The Total Eclipse of April 8, 2024

Another total solar eclipse is coming to North America! This time, totality will also pass over Mexico and Canada – giving people all over North America another chance to experience this great celestial event.

In order to see totality, you have to be in the path of totality. If you aren’t in that path, you’ll only see a partial eclipse. You can learn more about those details with our simple eclipse viewing instructions guide.

This blog post will tell you about the 2024 eclipse as seen from the Carbondale area in Illinois. Please check out all the links we’ve provided below to learn more about the 2024 total solar eclipse from other locations.

This blog post will tell you about the 2024 eclipse as seen from the Carbondale area in Illinois. Please check out all the links we’ve provided below to learn more about the 2024 total solar eclipse from other locations.

The Total Eclipse of April 8, 2024 in Carbondale

The Carbondale area was right on the centerline for the 2017 eclipse, and thanks to the laws of celestial mechanics, the area will once again be perfectly placed for the 2024 eclipse! The centerlines of the two eclipses cross in the region, and many people who observed from here in 2017 will be returning to try their luck with the weather again.

Where can I see the total eclipse?

You really can’t go wrong anywhere in the region, weather permitting. The centerline cuts across 13 right at the bridge over the lake, and if there were a safe place to stop you’d see 4m8s of totality. Saluki Stadium, Marion, De Soto, Murphysboro, Johnston City, Herrin, and even beautiful downtown Makanda will all be in the shadow for over four minutes. Even as far north as Mt. Vernon, you’d still lose only a few seconds off of those four minutes. Choose any spot in the area!

If you have to escape weather, you can follow the centerline west to Cape Girardeau, or east to Albion or even Vincennes. If you have to head north or south, take care not to get outside the path! The southern limit of the path is at Marion or Paducah KY, and the northern limit is on I-57 at Effingham and Damiansville on I-64. If you have to cross the river into Missouri, try to do it close to the centerline at Cape or Chester to keep your options open. Read our blog posts about Evansville, St. Louis and Paducah to learn more about viewing locations in those areas. Please check out the maps we’ve provided, and plan your eclipse viewing accordingly.

What will I see on eclipse day?

Because Carbondale is so well situated, if you leave town you’re only going to get less time in the shadow!

People in the Carbondale area will certainly be playing host to lots of folks who are coming from all over to get into the path on eclipse day. That is something everyone should be prepared for, just like in 2017!

Order eclipse glasses! Remember that even if you are in the path of totality, if the Sun is not COMPLETELY eclipsed you MUST always use ISO-certified eye protection to watch the eclipse. You MUST use your eclipse glasses to observe all the partial phases.

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When will the eclipse happen?

Eclipse day is April 8, 2024
Eclipse day is April 8, 2024!

Carbondale is right on the centerline, and will be an excellent place to see totality! The big event happens just after 1:59pm CDT, and people in the downtown area will see about 4m 8s of totality.

The eclipse happens at different times in different locations. Use the slider on the map above to show you when totality will happen as the eclipse passes through the Carbondale area.

Use ISO-certified eye protection during the partial phases

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ISO Certification Always remember the rule for using eye protection during an eclipse: If there’s ANY bright part of the Sun showing, then you have to use your eclipse glasses to watch the event.

The Eclipse Simulator That means if you can see anything at all of the Sun through the glasses, then the Sun is too bright and you have to leave the glasses on! If you can see absolutely NO piece of the Sun through the eclipse glasses, then it’s safe to take them off. But the second any bright part of the Sun becomes visible again, you have to put them back on – and this can be mere seconds after you took them off.

We also have an entire section of the site dedicated to providing much more detailed eclipse viewing instructions for you!

Wherever you decide to view from, be sure to plan your route carefully, and watch the weather to make sure you’ll have good skies on eclipse day.

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Please be sure to check out’s eclipse simulator for any location you’d like to preview. The simulator will show you exactly what the eclipse will look like for any location you choose!

The Eclipse Simulator Eclipse Simulator videos!

If you'd just like to preview the eclipse without using the simulator, we've made videos for the 2023 annular eclipse and the 2024 total eclipse as seen from over 2,200 locations! You can find them on our 2024 eclipse YouTube channel, but we've made it even easier for you - just visit our eclipse simulator video page to get started!'s Eclipse Simulator videos wishes everyone CLEAR SKIES on eclipse day - April 8, 2024! wishes everyone CLEAR SKIES on eclipse day - April 8, 2024!

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