That’s the date of the first solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the contiguous U.S. since 1918 and the closest the Chicago area has been to a total solar eclipse in 92 years! The USPS has even issued a Forever 49 cent stamp to commemorate the event.
What is a solar eclipse?
• A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves directly between the sun and earth casting a shadow on the earth.
Who will be able to see the eclipse?
• Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse. The southern tip of Illinois will be a great place to view the total eclipse! Communities in Illinois that are in the path of the total eclipse: http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/IL.htm
• In Chicago, the solar eclipse will begin at 11:54 AM, peak at 1:19 PM, and end at 2:42 PM. While Chicago will only observe a partial eclipse, almost 90% of the sun will be covered at the peak. More information on the eclipse in Chicago at: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/chicago
How long does the eclipse last?
• Totality lasts a maximum of 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds. To experience that length in Illinois, you’ll need to be just south of Carbondale in Giant City State Park.
How do I safely view the eclipse?
• Never look directly at the sun; you can seriously hurt your eyes. Learn about safe solar viewing at: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/equippedtoeclipse/
The Adler Planetarium will be hosting an eclipse block party. More information at: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/eve…/solar-eclipse-08-21-17/