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Solar Eclipse: Overview

A guide to facts and events for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017

Eclipse 101

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. (

Where to view

Waubonsee Community College

  • Sugar Grove - WCC Astronomy faculty will host a viewing event from 11 AM to 3 PM on the plaza south of the Science building.  Learn about the eclipse and how to view it safely. The eclipse will peak around 1:20 PM CDT.  In case of rain, NASA's coverage of the event will be aired in the APC. 
  • Aurora Downtown - The library at the Aurora Downtown campus is planning a small solar eclipse party on Monday August 21. The peak will occur at 1:18 p.m. but please feel free to join us anytime between 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. at the picnic table on the patio on the east side of the building. We will have some eclipse-safe glasses to share, a pinhole viewer, fun facts, and snacks (while they last.)

SIU - Southern Illinois University
In Carbondale, it will be possible to view the full eclipse. Many events and festivities are planned. 

Sugar Grove Public Library
Registration is required for the viewing party at the Sugar Grove Public Library on August 21 from 12 PM - 2 PM.

Santori Library - Parker Garden
Free viewing party at the Santori Library In downtown Aurora. 

Eclipse Safety

Eclipse glass
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality ( only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at left) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. (

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Eclipse Poll

Where will you watch the Solar Eclipse?
Waubonsee Community College: 18 votes (94.74%)
Other viewing event: 1 votes (5.26%)
Wherever I happen to be: 0 votes (0%)
Not planning to watch: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 19

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(630) 466-7900, ext. 2396
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(630) 801-7900, ext. 4624
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