Safety is our #1 priority to ensure you, our visitor, have the best experience possible.

Eclipse Glasses

First you may wonder “How do I observe an eclipse, are eclipse glasses necessary?” The answer is yes and you should be informed of how to properly view a solar eclipse. Viewing the Sun without eclipse glasses or suitable eye protection is extremely dangerous and blinding.

We encourage everyone to use eclipse glasses, solar viewers, or some method to view the eclipse by projection. Popular projection methods include a pinhole camera, telescope with a solar filter, FedEx tube, or even looking into still water. Direct viewing can also be done with a welder’s glass grade 14 and above.

Do not under any circumstances use the following items to view a solar eclipse: X-ray film, photo film, floppy disc, CD’s, or double pairs of sunglasses.

More on safely viewing eclipse here.

Several businesses in Carbondale have glasses available: Auffenberg of Carbondale, Banterra Bank*, Dunkin’ Donuts, Fat Patties, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Carbondale, Murdale True Value, Pagliais Pizza, Primo’s Pizza, Quatro’s Pizza, Tres Hombres Mexican Restaurant & Bar, and Vic Koenig!

*Sold Out

Hot & Humid

If this will be your first time experiencing summer in Carbondale, you must be prepared. Typical August weather includes average temperatures from high 80’s to mid 90’s with a slight humidity index. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and take advantage of cooling stations around downtown. This event will attract thousands of people from around the globe, the heat mixed with the crowds are not to be taken lightly. In the event of extreme weather, you will need to have a plan to seek shelter.

If this is your first Total Solar Eclipse, avoid letting your primary objective be filming or photographing when the moon crosses the sun. There are many additional factors to consider to get that great shot.

Just as it unsafe to view the solar eclipse with your naked eyes, it is equally dangerous to view the eclipse through your camera or viewfinder. Without the proper filters on your camera, there is a high risk that you might burn out your camera’s image sensor or even your cell phone.

Professionals and Eclipse Chasers tend to travel with multiple cameras and lenses with very long focal lengths allowing for different perspectives and exposures. These photographers often plan their shot a year in advance by visiting the location at least once prior to the event to gauge visibility and potential obstructions. After the eclipse passes and the event is over, photographers then spend hours of digitally post-processing their images.

Let your first Total Solar Eclipse be a time to enjoy this natural phenomenon. ENJOY IT! Your first totality experience will be your most memorable. We advise that you do not rob yourself of witnessing this astronomical wonder. There will always be another Total Solar Eclipse; in fact, you can join us for the next one on April 8, 2024.

Three Key Tips:

  • DO NOT USE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY! You will ruin the experience for everyone around you.
  • Use suitable equipment including a solid tripod, solar filters, and a long focal length lens.
  • Ensure your equipment is charged or that you have additional batteries.

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Attending large events can be fun and exciting but you must ensure that you are taking safety precautions. The eclipse will draw thousands of people to Carbondale, IL and just like any event of this magnitude, many areas can become crowded. Below is a list of things to keep in mind to ensure your families safety.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Know where you’re going and who’s around you.
  • Bring allergy and any required medication with a first aid kit. Being in a new environment can often trigger the unknown.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray are your friends. Be sure to reapply as needed and/or required.
  • Stay hydrated but don’t leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks can be spiked.
  • Be conscious of your clothing to avoid heat exhaustion, layers can help cool you when needed.
  • Bring a portable charger to ensure your mobile is charged on a daily basis.
  • Follow well-lit paths at night. Do not venture into darker, quieter areas, you can explore in the daylight.
  • Organize a meeting point with your friends and family of where you will be three times a day (e.g. 2pm, 6pm, and 1am) in case you get split up.
  • Bring only the cash and cards you need. Make a note of your bank’s emergency number to call if your cards are stolen. Note, not all nationally recognized banks are located in Southern Illinois.
  • Report any incident, even near misses, as soon as possible. You may save someone else.


  • Do not bring your personal valuables.
  • BYOB/Coolers will not be allowed in the downtown consumption zone.
  • NO weapons

ECLIPSE HOTLINE – (618) 967-5220

The City of Carbondale is launching a special eclipse hotline to ensure everyone stays safe and informed during eclipse weekend.

Visitors can call (618) 967-5220 and speak to a City employee about general eclipse information.

The phone line will be staffed 24 hours a day from August 19-20 and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on August 21. The hotline is for non-emergency calls only.


Emergency Resources

In the event of an emergency, dial 911 to request ambulance, fire, or police response.

Carbondale Fire Department 600 E College Street (618) 457-3298
City of Carbondale Police Department 501 S Washington Street (618) 457-3200
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale 405 W Jackson Street (618) 549-0721
SIU Carbondale Police Department 1175 S Washington Street (618) 453-3771
State of Illinois Police 1391 S Washington St, DuQuoin, IL (618) 542-2171