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One year to go: Eclipse countdown event held at SIU

(Source: NASA) (Source: NASA)

One year from Sunday, more than 50,000 people are expected to visit the city of Carbondale to view the total solar eclipse.

The viewing path will sweep across the United States on Monday August 21st, 2017, and is the first of its kind since 1979 in the U.S., and will be the only one of its kind until the year 2045.

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale hosted an event outlining the part the university will play in the national viewing effort on Sunday.

SIU will be the headquarters for a number of large-scale viewing events, and will also be host for a webcast that NASA is expected to host. 

Organizers at SIU say that webcast has a potential viewing audience of 1 billion.

A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the moon and the sun and blocks the sun causing it to go dark during the span of the total eclipse.

The peak of the eclipse will begin at 2:30 P.M. E.T. and will last approximately two and a half hours,so we'd better hope for clear skies to get the whole effect that afternoon.

You'll have a hard time keeping your eyes off of it, so you have exactly a year to purchase the special glasses needed to look at the sun without damaging your eyes.

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