We are expecting a total solar eclipse the afternoon of April 8, 2024, so what should you know about it?

  • From McDonough County, the sun will be approximately 90% covered and will reach peak coverage at about 2:02PM. The eclipse will start at approximately 12:45PM and end at 3:17PM, leaving about two and a half hours to see it!
  • Some cities in Illinois that will be able to view 100% totality include Mount Vernon, Carbondale, Marion, as well as many others in the southernmost tip of Illinois. To check the solar eclipse path and where to best see it, visit this link!
  • Do not look directly at the eclipse without eye protection. View the sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. These items can cost as little as $2. 
  • Do not stop in or near roadways, whether you are on foot or in your vehicle. Stopping to look at the eclipse when on a roadway, or looking at it while still driving, can cause accidents, traffic pileups, and injuries. If you want to stop to see the eclipse, make sure you are pulled completely off the roadway or have pulled into a parking lot. 
  • The next solar eclipse that will be visible in the contiguous United States will be August of 2045.

Stay safe McDonough County, and enjoy this rare experience!