Chicagoans turn out despite clouds to see solar eclipse – Tourism News

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21 August 2017 | 6:22 pm

(AP)—Thousands of people turned out in Chicago and across Illinois on to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, with many state residents heading to Carbondale to see a total eclipse.

Despite clouds covering most of the city, residents flocked to the Adler Planetarium, Daley Center and other spots downtown and around the city for the event. They joined millions of Americans who gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

Today’s eclipse was the most-observed and most-photographed one in history, with many Americans staking out prime viewing spots and settling onto blankets and lawn chairs to watch, especially along the path of totality — the line of deep shadow created when the sun is completely obscured except for the delicate ring of light known as the corona.

CARBONDALE

About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University’s Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch a total solar eclipse.

SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith says some clouds appeared about 6 minutes before the eclipse was to reach totality and “the entire stadium was cheering the clouds away.” Goldsmith says during the totality it was very quiet in the stadium but “at the end of it people were giving each other high fives” and there was more cheering.

Experts have said the eclipse was to reach its great point of duration a few miles south of Carbondale.

The school’s event included 20-person suites for $10,000. SIU also had live eclipse video on the stadium scoreboard and marching band performances. Eclipse safety glasses were provided.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the viewing event.

ACROSS THE U.S.

President Donald Trump and White House employees also took part in the historic event:

While in states like Idaho, Kentucky and South Carolina, attendees snapped amazing photos of the total eclipse:



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