solar eclipse

A Look Back at The Eclipse of 2017

Dec 26, 2017

The region received many visitors from around the world for the first of two total solar eclipses in the Summer of 2017.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

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.

The SIU Social Media Team will host a Facebook Live session to discuss plans the university has for this summer's total solar eclipse.

The session will feature Mat Kaplan, host and producer of WSIU's Planetary Radio, and Michelle Nichols, master educator from Chicago's Adler Planetarium.

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.

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

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.

Southern Illinois will have a front row seat for today’s partial solar eclipse.