Total eclipse

Eclipse viewing glasses
University of Illinois Springfield

Southern Illinois will experience a brief population bump during the eclipse August 21.  Those who don't plan to migrate south for totality will still be able to experience a partial solar eclipse from central Illinois.  John Martin, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Springfield explains in a specially produced video.

To see this month's total solar eclipse, the first one to be visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years, all Donald Liebenberg will have to do is open his front door and step outside.

"It's a really special treat to be able to have one in my driveway," says Liebenberg, who has trekked to Turkey, Zambia, China and Pukapuka, a remote island in the Pacific, to see past eclipses.

You might think that, after thousands of years of observing total solar eclipses, science-minded folks would have exhausted what can be learned from this awesome natural spectacle.

You would be wrong.

The old Springfield YWCA Building
Landmarks Illinois

Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.