Monday, August 21
What Time Will the Solar Eclipse Appear in Chicago?
Partial Eclipse begins at 11:54 am when the Moon touches the Sun’s edge.
Maximum Eclipse at 1:19 pm when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.
Partial Eclipse ends at 2:42 pm when the Moon leaves the Sun’s edge.
Will Chicago see the total eclipse?
Chicago is not in the path of totality. You will still need to use eye protection for the entire partial eclipse. The far southern portion of Illinois is the only part that sees totality.
Continue reading for DIY safe viewing options & more…
Solar Eclipse Cheat Sheet
If you’re scrambling to find a pair of Eclipse Glasses and have no luck–no worries. Here’s a great homemade option you can make with a few materials found in your home.
Cereal Box Pinhole Projector via ABC News: While eclipse glasses filter out light, the pinhole camera instead projects the light from the sun onto another surface, so you’re looking at projection instead of directly at the sun.
How to make it
Trace the bottom of a box on paper.
Cut out the rectangle.
Tape paper to inside bottom of box.
Close the top of the box.
Cut two holes in the top of the box.
Cover one hole with foil.
Poke a small hole in the middle of the foil.
How to use it
Take your pinhole projector outside and face away from the sun so that its light shines into the pinhole.
Look through the hole you did not cover and you will see the sun projected on the white piece of paper inside the box.