Nature at the Confluence Gears Up for Solar Eclipse

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SOUTH BELOIT, Ill (WIFR) – One of Nature’s most spectacular displays is less than one month away and we’ll likely be able to witness it right here in the Stateline (weather pending).

It’s been nearly one-hundred years in the making as the moon will obscure the sun providing a solar eclipse visible to everyone in North America on Monday, August 21.

The Nature at the Confluence Learning Center is making this solar occurrence center stage next month providing a celebration event at their South Beloit campus. In additional to receiving a free pair of viewing glasses there will be several activities for kids and families related to the eclipse. Program Coordinator Therese Oldenburg says the timing of the event will be ideal for most.

“It’s very nice. It’s actually on people’s lunch hours so people can come down here we have a big celebration going on. You can grab your glasses, watch for a little while or go back to work or bring the kids down for some of the fun activities. Our activities start at 11:30am and end at 2:00pm, so we’re going to cover the whole time that the eclipse is going on.”

The total solar eclipse is expected to begin around 10:15am Pacific Time with Oregon being the first location. Carbondale, Illinois will experience the longest eclipse duration clocking in at 2 minutes and 43 seconds around 1:20pm. Kentucky will view the greatest eclipse in terms of size with the last of the eclipse expected to leave the continental U.S. around 2:48pm Eastern Time in South Carolina.

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