Enlightening the Eclipse: Countdown to 2017

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

Amtrak Says Its Trains Can Get You to the Eclipse

Jun 28, 2017

If you're planning a trip to Carbondale for the total solar eclipse on August 21st, you might consider riding the train.

Amtrak still has open seats at a discount rate for the eclipse weekend. Whether you're coming from the north or south, Amtrak's Media Relations Officer Marc Magliari says Amtrak is the way to go.

L-S-U Test Launches Eclipse Balloon At Saluki Stadium

Jun 22, 2017
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A team of students and researchers led by Dr. Gregory Guzik, director of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium at Louisiana State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy made a test flight of a weather balloon recently at Saluki Stadium.  WSIU radio was there with this report.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Greg Guzik, Director of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, Delgado Community College Associate Physics Professor Joanna Rivers, and SIU Eclipse Committee Coordinator Bob Baer about the test launch of a special balloon that will track the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Carbondale.

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Two dozen school teachers from southeast Missouri involved in an eclipse educational project took part in a two-day conference on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

The conference ended Wednesday with a test launch of two tethered high-altitude, helium-filled weather balloons, similar to the ones that will be released on eclipse day, August 21st.

Debbie Below with the Southeast Missouri State University Eclipse Committee talks about the plans being made for the big event on the Cape Girardeau campus and the city as a whole.

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017, WSIU visits with  Jane Herman, Doctor of Optometry at Sears Optical in Marion.

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With the building  awareness of the upcoming total solar eclipse, award-winning journalist, author and former NPR correspondent David Baron feels it is important to learn about a total solar eclipse which caused similar excitement in 1878 in the American West.  In his new book titled "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race To Catch The Shadow Of The Moon and Win The Glory Of The Moon", Baron tells a fascinating story of a diverse group who witnessed the total solar eclipse from the Rocky Mountains.  Among the group involved in this viewing, famed Inventor Thomas Edison.

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017 WSIU visits with health care professionals, first responders, emergency managers and tourism officials to see what is involved in planning for 100s of thousands of visitors. 

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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.

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