SIU Prepares for 2017 Solar Eclipse



A Solar Eclipse will occur in 2017, which should be fully visible in the Northern Hemisphere, the first since 1979. Carbondale is the closest city, and SIU the closest campus to the point of the eclipse’s greatest duration. To prepare for this fantastic phenomena Southern Illinois University is hosting educational events throughout the week. Matt Penn, an astronomer at the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona has visited the university to present on Astronomy and tell students what to expect from the eclipse. Penn is also the lead investigator on the Citizen CATE (Continental America Telescopic Eclipse)Experiment, and a member of the American Astronomical Society Eclipse 2017 task force. Many eclipse-related activities are in the works for this astronomical occasion. Bob Baer is running the citizen’s equivalent to CATE, “The Citizen CATE Experiment is an opportunity for amateur astronomers from all across the U.S. to take part in an historic large-scale solar observation that will contribute to our understanding of our closest star, the sun,” he said. “For people in our region, Dr. Penn’s visit to campus offers a great opportunity to learn more about the project and become involved.”

The solar eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017. You can learn more at


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