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University of Illinois Extension serving Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline and White Counties
Main Office (Saline County)
912 S Commercial Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
Branch Office (Gallatin County)
216 S. Murphy
Ridgway, IL 62979
Branch Office (Hamilton County)
100 S. Jackson
McLeansboro, IL 62859
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)
Branch Office (Hardin & Pope County)
Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
354 State Hwy 145 North
Simpson, IL 62985
Main Office (White County)
1715 College Avenue
Carmi, IL 62821
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)
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Consumer & Economic Development
ARE YOU PLANNING FOR THE SIGHT OF A LIFETIME?
Imagine if you will, the shadow of the moon speeding across the United States at about 1,825 miles per hour as the moon completely blocks the sun, day becomes night, and the sky's most beautiful spectacle, the Sun's corona, reveals itself. This rare event, a total eclipse of the sun is scheduled to sweep the nation from coast to coast along a southeasterly path from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21, 2017.
Nature's greatest show offers residents of the United States a rare opportunity, as nearly everyone in the 48 contiguous states can reach totality within a day's drive. This sight of a lifetime, labeled the Great American Eclipse, is scheduled to enter Southern Illinois from the west at approximately 1:17 pm CDT and leave at 1:25 pm CDT. Along a path of totality, the northern limits in Illinois lie on a southeasterly line from Belleville to Shawneetown, while the southern limits lie along a route from Miller City to Future City in southern Alexander County. According to NASA's eclipse website, the area of greatest duration along the entire eclipse path lies along Illinois' center line of totality at just over 2 minutes 40 seconds in a rural area of Union County between Makanda and Lick Creek, near Blue Sky Vineyard.
With viewing times ranging from under a minute to 2 minutes and 40 seconds in duration, beautiful southernmost Illinois and our Shawnee National Forest offer many great potential viewing locations. For example, estimated periods of totality in Pope and Hardin County are as follows: Karbers Ridge, 2 minutes, 12 seconds; Cave-in-Rock, 2 minutes, 18 seconds; Herod, 2 minutes, 19 seconds; Elizabethtown, 2 minutes, 29 seconds; Rosiclare, 2 minutes 33 seconds; Eddyville, 2 minutes, 35 seconds; Bay City and Glendale, 2 minutes, 39.0 seconds; Robbs, 2 minutes, 39.4 seconds; Golconda, 2 minutes, 39.5 seconds; Dixon Springs, 2 minutes, 40.2 seconds; and 2 minutes, 39.7 seconds at the Dixon Springs Ag Center.
So what does this mean for your communities, your businesses, and your residents? While the eclipse suggests opportunities, first and foremost it suggests the need to plan for positive outcomes as real public safety concerns exist.
The time is NOW to bring your community together for an informational session on the Eclipse including an outline of potential public safety concerns, business opportunities, and tourism planning and marketing efforts. For more information or to schedule an informational session for your group or organization, please contact Susan Odum with the University of Illinois Extension at 618-252-8391 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact Susan Odum, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development at email@example.com
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