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Monday, August 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse
A total solar eclipse will take a path through the United States . The point of greatest duration (the location where the total eclipse lasts the longest along the entire path.) is located in the heart of southern Illinois, where Bald Knob Cross is located? And Bald Knob Mountain is one of the highest points in the area!
This is the only location on the path of the eclipse where you not only will experience over 2 1/2 minutes of totality away from city lights, have a guaranteed parking spot, but will also have the additional rare immersive experience of seeing the shadow of the moon sweep from western horizon to eastern horizon.
There has been a great amount of interest shown in our “spot on” location for the best viewing of this rare eclipse. We’re working with the Solar Eclipse Committee and other area businesses on planning this incredible event, but suffice it to say that Bald Knob Cross will be a very popular spot for viewing this phenomenon.
- Solar Eclipse Timer: The Most User Friendly Eclipse Timing App Available. It will “talk” you through the eclipse so that you know what is about to happen and what you should look for during each phase. Perfect for campers, hikers and those who would prefer to avoid the crowds. Simple enough for first time observers, yet sophisticated enough for expert eclipse chasers.
The centerline of the NATIONAL ECLIPSE enters Illinois as it crosses the Mississippi River near the town of Rockwood at 11:51am CT, with totality beginning at 1:18pm CT. The path of the eclipse over Illinois is short, with the centerline traveling less than 100 miles, but Illinois will be the destination for many serious eclipse chasers.
Wherever you choose to go, one thing is for sure. As the nearest city to the point of greatest duration, Carbondale will be packed with eclipse chasers on the big day. The duration of totality here will be two minutes and 37 seconds, just three seconds short of the eclipse maximum reached on the centerline.
Click here to view the full size map of the Solar Eclipse’s path across Illinois.