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Next Solar Eclipse Has Southern Illinois Residents Excited

The next total eclipse of the sun seen by this region of the country will occur in 2024 lasting a little bit longer than the one experienced in 2017.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 9:34 AM
Updated: Jul 14, 2021 12:26 PM

While it may still be three years away, astronomers are counting down the days until the next solar eclipse.

In 2017, thousands of people flocked to the campus of Southern Illinois University for the best view.

The campus is once again planning on putting together a big 3-day event consisting of educational activities for people of all ages.

Compared to the last eclipse, the totality of the event coming in 2024 will last a little longer.

According to the educators at SIU, the best viewing spot in the country is in southwest Texas with four-and-a-half minutes of totality.

Before we experience the next solar eclipse, a total lunar eclipse will be in the sky above us in May of 2022.

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Just another day in paradise; afternoon highs again topped out in the mid to low 70s across the Tri-State under a mix of sun and clouds. If you have plans out and about this evening, make sure to grab a jacket before you head out - after seeing temperatures near 64° around dinnertime, the mercury will dip to 57° by 10 o'clock before falling all the way back down into the mid to upper 40s early Wednesday morning. Sure, tomorrow morning's lows of 47° will represent our mildest start to a day since this past Friday, but it's still going to make for a cool start to our midweek nonetheless. The combination of sunshine and southerly winds however, will help drive temperatures back into the low 70s by lunchtime - if you're planning on lunching outside Wednesday, make sure not to do so in the shade. Wind gusts near 15 mph at times during our lunch hour will make for a chilly brown bag lunch outdoors.
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