Southern Illinois will get its 2nd solar eclipse in a decade this year

It’s already rare for a single location to experience a total solar eclipse — but for cities like Carbondale, Illinois, the odds have been ever in its favor. A lucky seven years ago, it was in part of the solar eclipse path of totality, and it will be this year as well.

“To have two total solar eclipses in a decade is truly extraordinary and almost unheard of … we are beyond thrilled,” Sarah Vanvooren, co-chair of the Eclipse Steering Committee and director of Events and Outreach at Southern Illinois University, told Space.com. “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our research and educational efforts, our lively and beautiful campus, and the greater community.”

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