Solar Eclipse 2024
What is a solar eclipse?
This is an incredible event, as this is the second total solar eclipse for southern Illinois in seven years, the previous one having occurred in 2017. Any given spot on earth only sees an eclipse of the sun about once every 360 years. The next one to happen in Illinois will be in 2099. Meanwhile, the 2017 total solar eclipse was the first on the Continental United States in 38 years, and, after the 2024 eclipse, there will not be another until 2045 and 2073.
The partial solar eclipse on April 8 at CGIF 2024
The partial eclipse here in Urbana-Champaign will peak at 2:05 p.m., with a duration of about 4 minutes and magnitude of 97.9% of the sun's surface shadowed by the moon, although the full eclipse will last about 3 hours.
Always remember the rule of using eye protection during a solar eclipse! We will provide a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses with your registration. In addition, we will take a break from meeting presentations to view the eclipse and hear from an expert on the phenomenon!