2017 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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This fall students on the SIU Carbondale campus will spend the first official day of the semester - not in class.

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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.

Its official name is the perigee-syzygy, meaning the moon is both full and closest to Earth. But many call it the supermoon, and Monday's version will be a "showstopper," NASA says. It's the nearest supermoon in almost 70 years — and we won't see another like it until 2034.

"When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a supermoon," NASA says.

Here are five things to help you enjoy this supermoon:

When To See It

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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.

Campsite reservations are now open for those hoping to camp out and watch the solar eclipse in southern Illinois next summer.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Tim Schweizer says you should probably reserve your spot now if you want to get a good seat to view the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

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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.

In just under a year, much of our region will be the focus of a rare solar eclipse.

A lot of planning is going into preparing for an influx of thousands of people from around the world.

August 22 marks the start of a new semester at Southern Illinois University. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about enrollment expectations, next year's Solar Eclipse, and some water problems on the SIU Edwardsville campus.

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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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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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.