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SIU’s plans for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Grey Dawg and a woman in a Salukis shirt gives thumbs up at Saluki Stadium

On April 8, 2024, SIU-Carbondale will be in the International spotlight once again thanks to the second solar eclipse in seven years. In fact, this is the only region in the world to be the site of both eclipses.

University officials say this is an outstanding opportunity for the campus community to showcase what Saluki Nation means to the world. The campus is anticipating thousands of visitors to the campus and region from Friday April 6 through Monday April 8 plus millions more to see SIU in the news and live broadcasts from campus.

In fact SIU is partnering with NASA EDGE to host a live simulcast eclipse show from campus, and Chicago's Adler Planetarium will host activities on campus as well.

Because of the historic event all classes on campus will be canceled, but the university will still be open. The university has plenty of events planned leading up to the event including talks, presentations, an art and craft fair, an a astronomy, science, and technology expo, and plenty more events.

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Brandon Jones is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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