Carbondale is in the path of totality for not one, but two total solar eclipses. The first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979 will reach its point of greatest duration on Aug. 21, 2017, just a few miles south of Carbondale. The next solar eclipse will happen on April 8, 2024. The centerlines of totality for both these eclipses intersect over Carbondale’s Cedar Lake.
For more information on this astronomical event (pun intended!) visit the homepage, Eclipse.siu.edu. Also, Carbondale will be hosting several events leading up to the Eclipse visit CarbondaleEclipse.com . Events are already underway, visit the schedule here.
Also, Astronomy Magazine has featured Carbondale as the eclipse epicenter several times…check out this article on 25 Things You Should Know about the 2017 Eclipse.
Carbondale is featured in the Memphis based newspaper “The Commercial Appeal” regarding next year’s Total Solar Eclipse. Carbondale Tourism Executive Director, Cinnamon Smith, was interviewed for the article and comments on what we expect here in Carbondale.
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