Total Eclipse of the Sun


Makanda is the centerline of two, YES TWO, TOTAL solar eclipses in 2017 and 2024! The centre of both of these eclipses intersect over Makanda, Illinois. The first total solar eclipse will occur at 1:21 p.m. CST on August 21, 2017 with the partial phases starting at 11:52 a.m. CST and ending at 2:47 p.m. CST.For 2 minutes, 40 seconds, it will be like nighttime with bright stars visible in the sky and street lights lit. The black moon will be rimmed by the flares of the sun. The second total solar eclipse will occur at 1:59 p.m. CST on April 8, 2024 with a totality of more than 4 minutes.  It is believed that the first eclipse will be the most viewed eclipse ever.  Make plans now to experience this spectacular opportunity! 

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4 Responses to Total Eclipse of the Sun

  1. Pattie Stallings says:

    Why have multiple feature editorials in our paper here in Owensboro, Kentucky repeated that the longest darkness and center of 8-21-17 eclipse will be in Hopkinsville, Ky.?

    • Pattie, Simply put, the point of greatest eclipse is in KY and is where the Moon appears to cover the Sun to its greatest extent. It’s really a technical distinction more than anything else, and totality won’t appear any different than it will anywhere else in the country. The “point of greatest duration” of darkness is in Illinois This web site gives a technical explaination:

  2. Robyn Hylton says:

    I live in central illinois… thinking of taking the day off and heading to southern illinois… thoughts??? I thought we had one of these in mid-late 90’s. Appreciate any feedback I can get.

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