Apr 4, 2024 - Climate

Total solar eclipse: How and when to watch in Chicago, weather and more

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Eclipse watchers will have to travel to southern Illinois to see the total solar eclipse Monday, but Chicagoans will still have a decent view.

What to expect: The partial solar eclipse will take place from 12:51 pm–3:22pm CT, reaching maximum coverage (94%) at 2:07 pm CT.

  • The Illinois city with the highest percentage of the sun to be eclipsed is Carbondale, with visibility starting at 12:43pm, reaching complete obstruction by 1:59pm, according to Southern Illinois University.
  • There will be 4 minutes and 9 seconds of totality.

Zoom in: Monday's forecast has a chance of showers after 2pm and partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Flashback: Carbondale was in the path during the 2017 solar eclipse, earning the college town the title "Eclipse Crossroads of America."

  • Totality in 2017 was about half the time of what's expected Monday.

Be smart: If you're going to look up at the eclipse, make sure you have eclipse glasses or you could damage your eyes.

The intrigue: Total solar eclipses are rare. There have been just 16 in the U.S. since 1869.

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