solar eclipse
Lori Rackl and Shutterstock

This Summer's Solar Eclipse is Southern Illinois' Chance to Shine

For the best views in the country of the once-in-a-century solar eclipse make your way to Illinois
solar eclipse
Lori Rackl and Shutterstock

When it comes to viewing the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, it's hard to beat Southern Illinois, where the period of darkness will last longer than anywhere in the country. 

Southern Illinois is about to have its moment in the sun — and out of it — Aug. 21.

That's when a total solar eclipse will make its way over the U.S. mainland, coast to coast, for the first time in nearly a century.

Tens of thousands of people, including a small army of NASA scientists who will be broadcasting the cosmic spectacle from Carbondale, are expected to pour into a diagonal swath at the bottom tip of the state. 

Astronomers, serious eclipse-chasers, regular Joes with FOMO — they're all looking to snag a coveted spot in the "path of totality," a 70-mile-wide sweet spot in which the moon will completely block the sun as the eclipse makes its cross-country trek from Oregon to South Carolina.

While the rest of the continental U.S. will have to make due with a partial eclipse, those in the path of totality will be treated to what promises to be an unforgettable natural wonder, provided the weather cooperates and the clouds stay away.

Related Stories
20 Things Every Savvy Traveler Should Always Pack10 Disney Rides From Your Childhood You Didn't Know Were GoneThe 13 Wildest, Weirdest Food Vehicles on America’s Roads

To find out more about the this summer's solar eclipse is Southern Illinois' and what to expect, click here.