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.