If you decide to make the journey you will be there the second that the Moon completely covers the Sun’s disk in the sky, and the Earth experiences the incredible feeling of being in the Moon’s shadow. What makes Illinois such a special destination on Monday, August 21, 2017, is that the instant of the greatest duration of total eclipse along the entire path of totality will happen only 12 miles away from Carbondale, Illinois. At that point, the totality will last 2 minutes 40.3 seconds, and it will occur at 1:21:49 PM, CDT.
The central path of totality in Illinois is
only 75 miles long, and the Umbra will run across Illinois in about 8 minutes.
racing at 1,825 miles per hour. After this short time, the solar eclipse will
leave the state, at 1:25 PM, CDT, and continue its way across Kentucky,
striving fast in the direction of the Atlantic ocean.
So, Illinoisians, prepare and be there on
time, it will be one of the best experiences of your lifetime. It’s a promise!