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Here’s where to view the solar eclipse in our region


A solar eclipse will occur at 1:21 p.m. Aug. 21. The following is a list of events where residents can celebrate and view it. The next total eclipse visible in the United States after this one will be April 8, 2024.

▪ Aug. 8 — Solar Eclipse Preparedness with the St. Louis Astronomical Society. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Branch Library, 2145 Johnson Road, Granite City. Bring the family and learn about the solar eclipse. If you attend the program, you will receive free eclipse glasses — limit one per attendee. Information: 618-452-6238 ext. 755.

▪ Aug. 18-21 — Crossroads Festival. 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. SIUC Arena Parking Lot, South of the SIUC Arena, Carbondale. A carnival with food and music to celebrate the eclipse.

▪ Aug. 19 — Crossroads Eclipse 2017 Research Workshop. 3-5:50 p.m. Saturday. SIU Carbondale Student Center Auditorium, Carbondale. The presentations in this workshop are free and open to the public. All talks are 15 minutes long with 5 minutes allowed for questions and speaker changeover. Speakers include Sarah Kovac, of SIU Carbondale; Adriana Mitchell, of the University of Arizona; SNA Jaaffrey, of the Pacific College of Basic and Applied Sciences-Pacific Academy of Higher Education and Research University in Rajasthan, India; and Supria Chakrabarti, of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. For more information, visit

▪ Aug. 19 — What is a solar eclipse?: SIUE STEM Center Workshop. 2 p.m. Saturday. Downtown library, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. The Youth Services department is hosting this workshop for children to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse. Reservations can be made by calling 618-462-6238, ext. 720.

▪ Aug. 19 — Galaxy Ride at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex. 7-10 p.m. 1 Main Event Lane, Sparta. Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will be in Sparta to get everyone ready for the total eclipse on the 21st. Participants will get to use a telescope, touch a real piece of the moon, talk to an astronomer, learn about eclipses and more. Information: The World Shooting and Recreational complex is a campsite with 1,001 locations. Reservations can be booked through This location will receive over 2 minutes of the totality. Because this is a state park, there is no cost for the public to set up a viewing party on the property on the day of the eclipse, Aug. 21.

▪ Aug. 19-20 — Eclipse Comic Con. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. SIUC Student Center Ballrooms, 1255 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale. This convention will feature over 50 vendors, a VIP autograph area with special guests, costume competition with cash prizes and trophies, gaming zone for board and video gamers, and more.

▪ Aug. 19-20 — SciFest: Eclipsed. Saturday-Sunday. St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis. Prepare for the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, with a weekend of space exploration. Local astronomers and scientists will talk about how eclipses occur and how you can safely view them.

▪ Aug. 20 — Live taping of Planetary Radio with Mat Kaplan. 5 p.m. Sunday. Shryock Auditorium, SIUC campus, 1050 S. Normal Ave., Carbondale. Each week since 2002, Planetary Radio has visited with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who provides a unique viewpoint about our solar system and beyond.

▪ Aug. 20-21 — Crossroads Astronomy, Science and Technology Expo. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. SIUC Arena, 1400 Arena Drive, Carbondale. Free admission. The expo will highlight organizations and businesses that specialize in solar, astronomy, science and new technology. This event features the NASA village, science and technology talks and indoor planetariums.

▪ Aug. 20-21 — Crossroads Art and Craft Fair. 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Grass area, north of Saluki Stadium, 1415 Arena Drive, Carbondale. This event features more than 50 art and craft vendors from all over the country selling handmade pottery, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber arts items, eclipse-related items and more.

▪  Aug. 21 — SIUE Solar Eclipse Viewing. 11:50 a.m.-2:44 p.m. Monday. Korte Stadium, 3345 Stadium Drive, Edwardsville. The public is invited to view the eclipse at Ralph Korte Stadium. An enlarged, live video of the eclipse from a telescope will be displayed on large screens. A viewing tent will be set up on the north side of the stadium. Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided free of charge. Professors from the SIUE Department of Physics will discuss solar eclipse science and safety. Guests may bring their own seating.

▪ Aug. 21 — Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium. 10 a.m. Monday. Saluki Stadium, Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. Programming is being developed in cooperation with the Adler Planetarium of Chicago. Eclipse glasses will be provided. Tickets cost $25 plus a $2.50 fee. Parking passes, $20 each, are required to park on SIUC campus on Aug. 21. Paved parking is only available to those who have purchased a Saluki Stadium Eclipse ticket. A limited number of grass parking spaces are available to the general public, no ticket purchase required.

▪ Aug. 21 — Bald Knob Cross of Peace Eclipse Viewing. Monday. 3630 Bald Knob Road, Alto Pass. Tickets are required for this viewing which is at one of the highest locations in southern Illinois. Eclipse viewers with professional cameras, “Serious Viewer,” tickets cost $250. “Casual Viewer” tickets cost $50. Ticket purchases include eclipse glasses and commemorative T-shirt.

▪ Aug. 21 — Eclipse Viewing Party. Noon-1:30 p.m. Monday. Collinsville Library, 408 West Main St., Collinsville. The library will offer solar viewing glasses, light refreshments and family activities to celebrate the eclipse. There will be a partial view of the eclipse in the Collinsville area. Information: 618-344-1112.

▪ Aug. 21 — Eclipse Festival. Monday. St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis. Demonstrations, solar observing, food and fun to celebrate the total solar eclipse. Planetarium educators will narrate the action during the eclipse.

▪ Aug. 21 — “Solarbration” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 Illinois 3, Waterloo. Free event, a total eclipse viewing party. Live music, food, crafts and science experts. A limited quantity of solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available. The eclipse will happen at 1:17 p.m.

▪ Aug. 21 — Solar eclipse viewing party at the Amphitheater. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton. Free event featuring food, drink, solar glasses and bubble bus. Sponsored by the Hayner Library, Alton Park and Recreation and Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. 800-258-6645.

Heidi Wiechert: 618-239-2500, @BND_HeidiW

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