On this segment of "Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017" we explore the way that ancient Central and South American cultures interpreted the total solar eclipses. Our expert is Dr. Roberto Barrios, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
As a part of our ongoing feature "Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017" we go to a community information planning meeting which was held on October 18th, 2016. In this report we will hear from Carbondale Tourism, the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and the Development Commission and, officials with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a local business manager.
On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over a large portion of the United States with Carbondale experiencing almost three minutes of totality. As the one year away date approaches, WSIU radio talks with several eclipse experts about this 2017 Solar Eclipse.
The City of Carbondale's Eclipse Coordinator, Diane Regan, held an open planning meeting in Carbondale recently with City Officials, SIU Officials and local business leaders to outline the plan the city is working on to successfully accommodate the between 50-thousands and potentially 100s of thousands of worldwide visitors to both Carbondale and the southern Illinois region. Regan unveiled a special e-mail to be used for questions about the eclipse. That special e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also learn more about the first total solar eclipse since 1979 by visiting: http://eclipse.siu.edu/
Scientists, teachers, and solar eclipse enthusiasts have turned their attention to Carbondale - and as WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports, a conference in preparation for next year's event is helping people get ready.
Next year’s solar eclipse is the focus of a conference at SIU Carbondale Friday and Saturday, as the region prepares for the event.
On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will occur, with a point south of Carbondale being ground zero for this event. To gather important scientific data from this event Dr. Matt Penn, with Tuscon Arizona's National Solar Observatory, has put together a proto-type computer-linked telescope to gather this data.