A Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming, And The US Has Prime Seats

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Chicago's Eclipse Fest runs from 9:30 a.m.to 6 p.m. on the Adler grounds and in the adjacent parking lot.

After Idema's introductory video, attendees will be able to step outside and look through solar telescopes, weather permitting.

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Just 200 miles away in NY, construction on the Empire State Building had not started yet the last time the city saw a total solar eclipse (1925). The last time a total eclipse could be seen from the contiguous US was in 1979.

The Triangle and its nearby cities will fall outside of the eclipse's direct line of sight, as its path winds from northern OR to central SC, moving through the Midwest and parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, and a small region of North Carolina's mountains.

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CMS has an on-campus observatory. While hordes of citizens prepare to flock to the eclipse's path of totality, scientists, too, are staking out spots for a very different reason: to investigate the secrets of the sun's elusive atmosphere.

GLOBE Observer, sponsored by NASA, is inviting people to capture information during the solar eclipse to help scientists study the planet and what happens when Earth goes dark during an eclipse. "It's hard to believe it is now nearly here".

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