Solar eclipse school closings: Over 60 IL schools to close so students can witness eclipse

Parts of Illinois will witness a total solar eclipse for the second time since 2017 on Monday, and some schools are closing so students can get the full experience.

Illinois is one of only 15 states to experience this rare event. Even more spectacular is that part of southern Illinois will experience totality for a second time, where the moon completely blocks the face of the sun.

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Dr. Noah Petro with NASA said Chicago will see about 94% of coverage during the eclipse.

“A total solar eclipse is one of those events that people really should try to enjoy. If you can get into the path of totality, I really encourage people to do that,” he said. “The moon will block the light from the sun, and for about three minutes you’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular solar shows imaginable.”

After Monday, the next

total solar eclipse

visible in the United States will be in 2044.

According to

Adler Planetarium

, the eclipse event will last from about 12:51 to 3:22 p.m. The eclipse is expected to be at its peak around 2:07 p.m.

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