The 2017 Solar Eclipse is finally here and Carbondale, Illinois is a good area for viewing the eclipse. Here’s your guide on what time of day the eclipse is visible in Carbondale, the map and path of totality, weather forecasts, traffic news and more.
ECLIPSE TIME: The duration of the eclipse in Illinois is reported to be two minutes and 40.3 seconds, but Carbondale is reported to be getting 2 minutes and 35 seconds of totality. Great American Eclipse reports that the total solar eclipse enters the state of Illinois at 1:17 p.m. CDT and leaves at 1:25 p.m. CDT. The partial phases of the eclipse start at 11:52 a.m. CT and run through 2:47 p.m. CT.
WEATHER: The weather forecast for today from Weather.com is mostly sunny skies this morning, but there could be an overcast in the afternoon, with a small chance of scattered showers. Overcast starts around 1 p.m. local time.
PATH WIDTH: 71 miles in Illinois
TRAFFIC: Expect heavy traffic due to the location of the town in the path of totality for the eclipse. It is a college town and thousands have been planning their trip for months, even years, according to Live Science.
MAPS & PATH: The eclipse zone includes dozens of cities and towns in the state of Illinois, including Carbondale. Other towns include but are not limited to Marion, Chester and Belleville.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Patch.com reports that even NASA finds the area to be a good place to view the eclipse and members of NASA are coming to town to take part in the viewing. Space.com has designated Carbondale as the “Solar Eclipse Crossroads of America.”