Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

After all the hype and preparation the Total solar eclipse came and went, at least for 7years.

Makanda was the cross roads of the eclipse with the longest totality.

Today Is The Day: Corona Takes Center Stage.

Aug 21, 2017

Like it or not, today is the day that the moon  will block out almost the entire sun...WSIU's Kevin Boucher visits with an expert, for an exact rundown.

Law enforcement agencies in southern Illinois are gearing up to keep safety a top priority,  ahead of the influx of eclipse visitors. Union County Sheriff Scott Harvell  stresses cooperation with his neighbors.  Especially, the Jackson County Sheriff's office.

You may have heard something about a Total Solar Eclipse in the area on August 21st.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says there is actually a novel that includes a story of an eclipse and America's pastime.

Several hundred people are expected to show up at Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville on Aug. 21 to observe the solar eclipse from the “City of the Sun,” even though the historic site is just outside the path of totality.

The state historic site will experience about 99.5 percent totality and is not planning special events that day, said assistant manager Bill Iseminger.

He expects that most of the eclipse-watchers will want to climb the 156 steps to watch from the top of Monks Mound, the largest of the mounds built by the ancient Mississippians between 1000 and 1400 A.D.

Anyone who gets to see the total solar eclipse on August 21 will be lucky — and humanity is lucky to live on a planet that even has this kind of celestial event.

Mercury and Venus, after all, don't even have moons. Mars has a couple, but they're too small to completely blot out the sun. Gas giants like Jupiter do have big moons, but they don't have solid surfaces where you could stand and enjoy an eclipse.

And, even with solid land and a moon, Earth only gets its gorgeous total solar eclipses because of a cosmic coincidence.

One local group is asking for volunteers to pick up litter in Carbondale, in advance of the expected thousands of eclipse visitors. 

Makanda, IL
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The total solar eclipse is just around the corner.

The village of Makanda is fortunate to have the longest duration of the total eclipse.

The village of Makanda has around 6oo residents.

They’re also expecting some visitors in a few weeks during the total solar eclipse.

A Visit To The 2nd Highest Spot In Southern Illinois

Aug 1, 2017

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017 we visit to the highest point in southern Illinois and talk to Teresa Gilbert, the Director of Bald Knob Cross Of Peace in Alto Pas about what it is like to plan a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event at a site reached only by two-line, winding country roads.

In less than four weeks thousands, maybe tens of thousands of visitors from all over the earth will be in southern Illinois for the eclipse.  The exact number of visitors is almost impossible to come up with, and many officials say that is challenging when it comes to planning.

Makanda Artist Draws The Line.

Jul 21, 2017
Courtesy of Facebook page of Rainmaker Art Studio, Makanda.

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017, WSIU visits with Dave Dardis, the Owner of Rainmaker Art Studio in Makanda.

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
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

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.

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

David Baron's Website

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. 

Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017, we visit with Master Educator at Adler Planetarium, Michelle Nichols, who was in Carbondale in early May to work on plans for eclipse activities with other scientists.  In this interview, Michelle visits with WSIU's Kevin Boucher in a conference room overlooking Saluki Stadium, where thousands of scientists will be camped on the big day, studying the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

Eclipse Experts Visit Carbondale

May 1, 2017

NASA officials, and a group of other eclipse experts are in Carbondale for several days going over site surveys and coordinating plans for the August eclipse, which experts say will have the greatest  totality over the city.  Among the logistics being hammered  out are, determining where and how to set up the stage at Saluki Stadium, where to park the satellite trucks,  and how much fiber optic cable is needed for NASA'S Megacast.  The expected crowds from around the world descending onto southern Illinois is also a story in itself; so much so that New York Times' Science Reporter Nicholas St. Fleur  will be spending several days in the area interviewing residents and business owners.  Tomorrow morning (Tuesday May 2nd) at 10 there will be a Facebook Live session originating from the Carbondale Campus featuring officials from NASA, the Goddard Space Center and others.  Michelle Nicholls, Master Educator at the Adler Planetarium is Chicago is also in Carbondale coordinating outreach activities.  Adler says that even for the non–scientist,  knowing what makes an eclipse gives you an appreciation for rare these events are.

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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.

SIU Carbondale

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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With the much advertised August 2017 total solar eclipse as a backdrop, the  SIU Carbondale Departments of Physics and School of Architecture, encouraged students in Dr. Chad Schwartz's Architecture 351 Class to come up with plans for a Solar Observatory to, hopefully, be built on the Carbondale Campus. 

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Dr. Fred Isberner

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.