What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A Total Solar Eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon in which the moon passes in between the Sun and Earth unveiling a solar corona as the Moon’s shadow crosses the Earth. This only occurs during the new moon.

What should I look for in a Total Solar Eclipse?

An out of body experience that will be a peak moment in your life. You will look for elements such as the solar corona, baily’s beads, shadow bands, prominences, diamond ring, the chromosphere, and not to mention the breath taking twilight around the horizon. With clear skies, you should be able to see several planets as well.

For more elaborate details on this phenomena visit: www.greatamericaneclipse.com/phenomena

What is the difference between greatest eclipse and greatest duration?

The greatest eclipse is the moment the Moon’s shadow passes closest to the center of Earth and typically within a millisecond to the greatest duration. The greatest duration is the longest point of the total solar eclipse, which is 2mins 41.6sec, located in Makanda, IL. These terms are not to be confused with one another.

Why is this the Great American Eclipse?

According to Mike Zieler, who is a geographer with GIS that creates historic eclipse maps, states this eclipse will be accessible to 38% of the Nation within 300 miles of the path that spans from coast to coast across America. Everyone in the USA will see at least a partial eclipse, but why have partial when you can have total. The last coast-to-coast eclipse occurred 99 years ago in 1918.

How long will this eclipse last?

The umbra shadow travels at a speed greater than 1,400kph therefore; this total solar eclipse will last for 90mins on land from Oregon to South Carolina and precede into the ocean. This eclipse is expected to last for 2mins and 38secs in Carbondale, which is slightly north of the greatest duration that will last for 2min 41.6sec.

What time will the eclipse pass over Carbondale?

The total solar eclipse enters Illinois at 1:17 p.m. CDT and leaves at 1:25 p.m. The predicated time of full totality is 1:20 p.m. CDT. We suggest that you stop what your doing and make plans to get to a viewing destination by 12:00pm.