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"Citizen scientist" eclipse data coming into NASA

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WSIL -- The eclipse was quite a sight to see, but scientists used the event to learn more about the sun, and it's effect on earth.

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WSIL eclipse photos

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WSIL -- Our team was out across the region Monday as folks gathered to watch the eclipse.

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Viewer eclipse photos

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WSIL -- We received some amazing photos today from viewers who were out to see the eclipse. Check out our slideshow above to see their pictures the eclipse, as well as some well-prepared pets.

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Walker's Bluff rocks with eclipse concert

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- It's a weekend full of live music at Walker's Bluff… with musicians known all around the world bringing their sound to southern Illinois. 

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Wineries welcome new visitors for eclipse

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UNION COUNTY -- Lots of people from near and far spent eclipse weekend at Blue Sky Vineyard. While most Sundays at Blue Sky Vineyard are pretty busy, this one is a little bit different.

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Shawnee Forest jammed with visitors

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SALINE-POPE COUNTIES -- If you hope to see the eclipse from Garden of the Gods, you're out of luck, at least for now. 

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Some towns lowering tourist expectations

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CARBONDALE -- A shadow of disappointment has begun sweeping across some parts of southern Illinois this weekend. Businesses and residents say they expected, by now, large crowds of tourists to be out and about shopping, providing a big boost for the local economy. 

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Shadow Fest kicks off in Carbondale

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JACKSON CO. -- Many eclipse celebrations are kicking off in Carbondale. 

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Residents flood stores to stock up for eclipse

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MARION -- Local residents are flooding stores to stock up on goods before the crowd of visitors arrives for the eclipse. 

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Local artist helps raise money with Eclipse painting

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HERRIN --  A local artist is using her talent to commemorate the Eclipse and raise money to honor veterans.  

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Eclipse terms explained

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WSIL -- As we get closer to eclipse day, we wanted to explain some of the scientific terms you might have started hearing leading up to the event. 

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Monitoring clouds conditions for the Eclipse

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WSIL -- With less than a week to go before the total solar eclipse, the excitement is building to finally see the event that's been talked about for years. But what if the weather doesn't play along?

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SIU kicks off Eclipse carnival

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CARBONDALE -- SIU is offering some special activities for Eclipse weekend for visitors and students who begin moving in Wednesday. 

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NASA EDGE team prepares Eclipse podcast

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CARBONDALE -- The team from NASA EDGE arrived at SIU Tuesday. The group is in Southern Illinois to broadcast a video podcast for four-and-a-half hours on Eclipse Day. 

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Hospitals prepare for influx of visitors during eclipse

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WSIL -- Emergency responders and hospitals around the region are preparing for thousands of outsiders to visit the area for the eclipse. 

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SIU renting out dorm rooms for eclipse

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CARBONDALE -- SIU is taking steps to prepare for the upcoming eclipse. The university is preparing to lodge hundreds of people in Schneider Hall, a dormitory scheduled for demolition.

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Krispy Kreme offering special eclipse-themed doughnut

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MARION -- Krispy Kreme is offering a specialty doughnut to mark the solar eclipse.

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Local musicians write eclipse-themed song

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CARBONDALE -- Two southern Illinois musicians have teamed up to record a special song called "The Eclipse." 

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Southern Illinois Airport hosting hundreds of planes for eclipse viewing

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JACKSON CO. -- You can always see planes flying in the sky around Southern Illinois Airport outside of Carbondale, but before the eclipse, workers at the airport are expecting to have some of the busiest airspace in the country.

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Eclipse soda being sold at Benton flower shop

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BENTON -- A Benton flower and gift shop want to make the eclipse experience a little sweeter.

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Authorities: Be prepared for tens of thousands during eclipse

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- The Williamson County Sheriff's Department warns us prepare for thousands of people to descend on southern Illinois for the eclipse.

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Eclipse eye safety: Solar shield

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WSIL -- With the eclipse just a little over a couple of weeks away, we want you to know how to safely view the event. 

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Science behind the eclipse

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WSIL -- With the total solar eclipse a little more than two weeks away, News 3 Meteorologist Nick Hausen looks at the science behind the event. More>>

Adler Planetarium brings Galaxy Ride to southern Illinois

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WSIL -- Chicago’s Adler Planetarium brings its science road show to southern Illinois ahead of the August 21 total solar eclipse.  The Galaxy Ride offers hands-on, eclipse-related activities to communities throughout southern Illinois from August 14-19, to get them ready to experience the total solar eclipse. 

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Pope County Campground still available for eclipse camping

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POPE CO. -- Many area hotels and campground have said they're completely booked for the eclipse, but if you're wanting to take in a view of the eclipse just off the beaten path, a campground in Pope County still has openings and may be the place for you.

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Expert gives tips on being prepared for eclipse

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WSIL -- With so much talk about the upcoming total solar eclipse, Rend Lake Tourism leader Rick Linton wants locals to know what to expect. 

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Doctor's warning on eclipse eyeglasses safety

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JACKSON CO. -- Doctors are warning those of us planning to watch the eclipse to take steps to protect our vision. 

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Blue Sky Vineyard raises sculpture at point of greatest eclipse totality

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MAKANDA -- A Union County winery at the center of totality is offering eclipse visitors a taste of southern Illinois. Blue Sky Vineyards is promising local artists, local music, and local wine for the solar eclipse.

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Giant City Park releases eclipse viewing info

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WSIL -- Giant City State Park has released information about viewing the solar eclipse in the park on August 21, 2017. 

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Carbondale sets up 24-hour eclipse hotline

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CARBONDALE -- The August 21st eclipse will draw in thousands, and Carbondale expects those visitors to have a lot of questions. 

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Bucky Fuller's dome home open for tours

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CARBONDALE -- If you want a tour of a unique southern Illinois house, the weekend before the eclipse might be your chance.

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Eclipse viewing at Bald Knob Cross

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UNION CO. -- Folks looking for the perfect place to view the August eclipse you still have the chance to watch it from a southern Illinois landmark. 

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Teachers gather for eclipse workshop

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Teachers from all over the region gathered in Herrin Wednesday for a lesson on the eclipse.

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Folks who charge eclipse campers must register with county

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JACKSON CO. -- If you live in Jackson County and plan to let people camp outside your home for the eclipse, you might have some paperwork to file. 

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Native American Indian festival planned for Solar Eclipse weekend

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JACKSON COUNTY - A Native American Indian festival is planned for Solar Eclipse weekend.  The event is located at Little Grassy United Methodist Camp , eight miles south of Carbondale.

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SEMO prepares for the solar eclipse

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO -- The Total Solar Eclipse is just less than three months away. Southern Illinois is preparing for the event, but so is southeast Missouri.  

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Banterra eclipse glasses to benefit area schools

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MARION -- Banterra Bank has teamed with WSIL-TV to offer eclipse glasses for a $1 donation for the upcoming Total American Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Eclipse glasses are now available at all 35 Banterra locations and will provide necessary eye safety for viewing the upcoming eclipse. Proceeds will be used in partnership with WSIL News 3 to provide Weathernet systems to area schools. 

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Tips for watching the eclipse safely

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WSIL -- In just over four months, thousands of eyes will look to the sky to catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse.

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New beer created to celebrate the eclipse

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DU QUOIN -- A Perry County brewery plans to brighten up the region during the solar eclipse later this summer. 

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Carbondale among the best places to watch the eclipse

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WSIL-TV -- Looking for a place to watch the August 21 total eclipse?  People in southern Illinois won't have to travel far to have the best view. The National Eclipse Blog lists Jackson County as one of the Top-10 places in the nation from which to view the solar eclipse.   

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Lodging still left for solar eclipse weekend, but filling up fast

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JACKSON CO. -- You've probably heard that all the rooms available for solar eclipse weekend in southern Illinois are booked, but we've found rooms to spare. 

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Makanda boardwalk offers new eclipse-themed cafe

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MAKANDA -- This year's upcoming solar eclipse has brought a new and unique dining option to Makanda.

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Eclipse Megamovie 2017

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WSIL-TV -- You can be part of a groundbreaking movie on the 2017 total solar eclipse. The Eclipse Megamovie Project is recruiting amateur photographers to capture images of the August 21 eclipse. 

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Ozzy Osbourne to rock solar eclipse in Carterville

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CARTERVILLE -- Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne will be the headliner for this year's Moonstock concert at Walker's Bluff.  

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Carbondale city leaders plan concert series during solar eclipse

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale city leaders are planning to host a series of concerts during the Solar Eclipse event this August.

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Area businesses plan for solar eclipse

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JACKSON CO. -- It's still more than a year away, but plans for the 2017 total solar eclipse are beginning to take shape in southern Illinois. 

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Preparations underway for Carbondale solar eclipse

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CARBONDALE -- Thousands of people will be traveling to southern Illinois next summer to see a piece of history. The countdown is on to the total solar eclipse. 

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SIU professor shares his solar eclipse experience

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CARBONDALE -- Excitement keeps growing throughout southern Illinois, with one year until the total solar eclipse. 

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2017 solar eclipse favors southern Illinois

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CARBONDALE - The stars are aligning for Carbondale to be one of the best spots in the world to see the 2017 total solar eclipse.

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Southern Illinois prepares accommodations for solar eclipse

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WSIL -- In less than a year, thousands of people will make their way to southern Illinois for the solar eclipse. But where will all those people stay? Many hotels and cabins have already begun taking reservations, but rooms are booking up fast. 

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Kentucky creates webpage for eclipse tourism

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a new webpage where people can get information about next year's solar eclipse.

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Jackson County discusses license requirement for 2017 eclipse campers

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JACKSON COUNTY -- Hundreds of thousands of people could travel to southern Illinois for the 2017 solar eclipse, and Jackson County leaders have begun taking steps to make sure they're prepared. 

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  • Eclipse links

    Eclipse links

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 2:27 PM EDT2017-08-08 18:27:02 GMT

    WSIL-TV -- The News 3 staff has been surfing the internet to find helpful sites for the 2017 solar eclipse.   On this page we've included some of our favorites.  Please share some of your own with us at news@wsiltv.com. 

    WSIL-TV -- The News 3 staff has been surfing the internet to find helpful sites for the 2017 solar eclipse.   On this page we've included some of our favorites.  Please share some of your own with us at news@wsiltv.com. 

  • Eclipse Eye Safety

    Eclipse Eye Safety

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 3:21 AM EDT2017-08-08 07:21:24 GMT

    WSIL-TV -- When viewing a solar eclipse you must keep safety first.  The American Astronomical Society offers the following advise for viewing a solar eclipse: The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. 

    WSIL-TV -- When viewing a solar eclipse you must keep safety first.  The American Astronomical Society offers the following advise for viewing a solar eclipse: The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. 

  • Photographing an eclipse

    Photographing an eclipse

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 12:01 PM EST2017-02-08 17:01:15 GMT

    WSIL-TV -- Most experts will tell you to leave the photography to a professional, simply sit back and enjoy the eclipse experience.  However, if you are determined to photograph the event you need to do it the correct way.   Below are helpful links describing how to photograph and videotape an eclipse, including the types of cameras, settings and lenses that work the best.

    WSIL-TV -- Most experts will tell you to leave the photography to a professional, simply sit back and enjoy the eclipse experience.  However, if you are determined to photograph the event you need to do it the correct way.   Below are helpful links describing how to photograph and videotape an eclipse, including the types of cameras, settings and lenses that work the best.

  • Path of totality

    Path of totality

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 1:42 PM EST2017-01-31 18:42:07 GMT

    WSIL-TV -- To view the 2017 solar eclipse you must be in the path of totality.  This page offers information on where that path lies over the three states in the heart of the WSIL viewing area, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky. 

    WSIL-TV -- To view the 2017 solar eclipse you must be in the path of totality.  This page offers information on where that path lies over the three states in the heart of the WSIL viewing area, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky. 

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