Enlightening the Eclipse: Countdown to 2017

WSIU explores aspects of the upcoming solar eclipse that will cast southern Illinois in shadow on August 21, 2017.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU's Bob Baer, NASA Astronomer Lou Mayo, and NASA Edge Producer Blair Allen about preparations for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Eclipse Committee Co-Chair Bob Baer, Planetary Radio Host Mat Kaplan, and Adler Planetarium Master Educator Michelle Nichols about their preparation visit ahead of the August 21 solar eclipse.

The Art of the Eclipse With Dr. David Levy

Mar 21, 2017

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017, we visit with world-renown Astronomer Dr. David Levy.

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Thousands of people are expected to visit southern Illinois this summer, hoping to get a glimpse of what many say is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: A total solar eclipse.

As WSIU Student Reporter David Larson reports, lots of local people are excited about the opportunity, too.

 

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.

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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.

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With less than a year left until the solar eclipse, many people are asking, "what's the big deal?" with this event, and wonder, "just what's so important?" WSIU's Erin Frey reports.

The Total Solar Eclipse: 1 Year and Counting.

Aug 19, 2016

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.

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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:   info@carbondaleeclipse.com  You can also learn more about the first total solar eclipse since 1979 by visiting:  http://eclipse.siu.edu/

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Next year’s solar eclipse is the focus of a conference at SIU Carbondale Friday and Saturday, as the region prepares for the event.

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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. 

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The best place to view the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 is southern Illinois. Scientists and enthusiasts from all over the world are already booking rooms and preparing their travel plans.