The Great American Eclipse

February 14, 2017

This is the first time in 99 years on August 21, 2017 that a total solar eclipse been so accessible to such a large portion of the United States - 60% of the population of the USA will be within a day's drive of the path of totality. Central Illinois will be within 4 hours of the path of totality, which will pass just south of St. Louis. Carbondale, IL is exactly on centerline. Not since 1776 has a total solar eclipse been visible exclusively in the United States.

For more information on observing the eclipse, local circumstances of the eclipse, and what local schools can do, contact Renae Kerrigan, Planetarium Curator, Peoria Riverfront Museum or Sheldon Schafer, Planetarium Director Emeritus, Peoria Riverfront Museum,

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 map and info