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SIU students design observatory for 2017 solar eclipse

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CARBONDALE -- A group of SIU architecture students are getting excited about the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Experts call Southern Illinois "ground zero" for the event.

11 third-year architecture students presented designs for an astronomy observatory Monday. They showed off their designs in three different phases. They've worked on the project for the past six weeks and teamed up with the physics department in the hope of building the observatory.

"It's very exciting for them. I think it's a really good opportunity for them to see something potentially become a real project, which doesn't happen too often in architectural studios," said Assistant Professor of Architecture Chad Schwartz.

The total solar eclipse will take place August 21, 2017. SIU is the closest campus to the point of the eclipses greatest duration. Another solar eclipse takes place April 8, 2024.

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