Do you have eclipse cluelessness? View frequently asked questions below.

Where can I view the eclipse?

There will be a designated eclipse viewing site at SIU Saluki Stadium! While you can see the Eclipse all over town, to help mitigate crowds we suggest buying a ticket here for the sight of a lifetime. You may pick up maps from Carbondale Tourism, City Hall, and local businesses to help guide you throughout downtown.

How do I photograph a solar eclipse?

In order to photograph a solar eclipse you will need a special solar filter to protect your camera and your eyes. You will need to adjust certain settings on your camera to achieve lower shutter speeds and cancel auto-adjusting lighting. DO NOT USE A FLASH OF ANY KIND. The people around you will not be happy. Also if this is your first eclipse it is recommended to just enjoy the moment and leave the photography to the experts.

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Where can I make reservations for lodging?

For those looking for hotels in Carbondale, we recommend the following sites to get started.

Keep in mind that rooms will sell quickly.

Where can I make reservations for a rental car?

Enterprise is accepting reservations so make your reservation now!

Where can I eat?

From burgers to family-style dining there is a wide range of options you crave in Carbondale. View listings at the website below to satisfy your taste buds.

Will there be any free events and/or activities?

Yes, we are having several public educational events, the Crossroads Art and Craft Fair on SIU’s campus, and festivals including concerts that are free admission in the downtown area over the course of the weekend.

Where do I purchase eclipse glasses?

Eclipse glasses are being sold at several businesses including Quatro’s Pizza, Fat Patties, Tres Hombres, and Murdale’s True Value. Contact Carbondale Tourism at 618-529-4451 to find out additional locations.

When is the next time I can see a Total Solar Eclipse?

Carbondale, IL is fortunately the Solar Eclipse Crossroads of America. That’s right according to the Saros Cycle, the next USA Eclipse will be over Carbondale again on April 8, 2024.

Where else can I find more information about the Total Solar Eclipse?

The community of Carbondale can’t wait for this eclipse of the heartland and welcomes all visitors from near and far! We encourage you to visit the websites below to see what our neighbors have in the works for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

Have a question not listed? Contact us and we will be happy to answer!