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How Carbondale Viewed the Total Solar Eclipse

Jenna Grayson, Staff Writer

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On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse passed through the United States for the first time since 1918. Twelve million people live in the 75-mile wide path of totality that ranges from Oregon to South Carolina and according to The Great American Eclipse’s website, an estimated two to seven million people that live within a day’s drive of visible totality are predicted to travel to view the eclipse.

This year’s event passed through Carbondale, Illinois, which is located about six hours south of Libertyville. Another total solar eclipse will yet again pass through Carbondale on April 8, 2024; it usually takes an average of 375 years for a total solar eclipse to be visible from the same location, according to the world calendar website Time and Date.

Local businesses and vendors of Southern Illinois sold eclipse-themed gear and products and food at the Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace from Aug. 19-21 on South University Avenue.
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How Carbondale Viewed the Total Solar Eclipse