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Eclipse-watching events planned throughout Southwestern Illinois

Solar eclipse events continue to roll in.

Here are the latest:

SIUE to host solar eclipse viewing at Korte Stadium

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s first day of classes and the total solar eclipse coincide on Monday, Aug. 21. Classes will be held as scheduled. The solar event will begin at 11:50 a.m. and end at 2:44 p.m., with 99.5 percent totality occurring at 1:18 p.m.

eclipseThe general public will be able to visit Ralph Korte Stadium where an enlarged, live video of the eclipse from a telescope will be displayed on multiple large screens, and a viewing tent will be on the north side of the stadium adjacent to the parking lot.

Eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed free of charge. Professors from the SIUE Department of Physics will be on hand, providing solar eclipse science and safety information.

The Morris University Center food truck will be available for food and refreshments. Guests may bring their own lawn chairs if they so choose.

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Plans for the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater

Get ready to view the awe-inspiring Great American Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 during a free Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Live music, an appearance by The Bubble Bus, a live feed from NASA of the eclipse occurring nationwide, food and drinks and a variety of games will be available during the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Free NASA-approved solar eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed to the first 800 people in attendance. The event is sponsored by the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hayner Library, Alton Park and Recreation, Phillips 66 and Best Western Premier Alton-St. Louis.

The Meeting of the Great Rivers region will witness a 99.4 percent eclipse obscuration, which is the fraction of the Sun’s area covered by the Moon, during the much anticipated solar event. Even though the region won’t be in the path of totality, the eclipse will be very visible throughout the Meeting of the Great Rivers (weather permitting).

Free activities at the amphitheater during the eclipse include:

• Live music featuring Mars Needs Guitars from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Bubble Bus from 11 a.m. to noon
• Treehouse Wildlife Center will be on hand with live animals
• Live feed of the eclipse from NASA will be available for viewing on computers
• Eclipse viewing telescope
• Face Painting, Hula Hoops and Corn Hole games
• Plein Air solar eclipse painting raffle
• Kettle Corn
• Tropical Sno Shaved Ice
• Appetizers for sale from Great Rivers Tap and Grill
• Pig on a Wing Food Truck and Sweet Addictions sweet treats
• Alton Park and Recreation Department will sell beverages.

At Lewis and Clark Community College

The college will host an eclipse-viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21. The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will be held in Fountain Court at 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will have free food along with fun and games while waiting to view the solar eclipse. Complimentary solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available, while supplies last, to view the once in a lifetime event.

This event is held in conjunction with the eclipse-themed 2017 Summer Garden Show, Solar Flair. During the event take a free self-guided tour of the ten themed pocket gardens and fourteen bronze sculptures that make up Lewis and Clark’s Monticello Sculpture Gardens.

A solar eclipse is caused when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. The solar eclipse will be visible in totality only within a narrow band across the United States. The eclipse band stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. The next solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024, and although the Meeting of the Great Rivers won’t be in the path of totality, some occlusion of the sun will be visible.

For more information go to or call the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1 (800) 258-6645.

We’ll continue publicizing various events until the big day. Items may be sent to Illinois Business Journal Editor Dennis Grubaugh at


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