According to the 10-day weather forecast, Monday August 21 should be a sunny day in Chicago.
Weather permitting, if you are anywhere in the continental United States, you will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse on August 21. Please, please, please, wear eclipse glasses! Many places, including libraries and museums, will be giving out free eclipse glasses. The only time it is safe to look directly at the sun is during the brief minutes of absolute totality.
The path of the total eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Thousands of people will gather along the path of totality. People around the world will be watching.
Those of us in Chicago will experience a partial eclipse. What will that look like? To give you an idea, here is a video from Chicago Tribune Graphics---
— Tribune Graphics (@ChiTribGraphics) August 11, 2017
If you are in Chicago, and would like to celebrate the eclipse with other like-minded people, the Adler Planetarium is planning an eclipse party. You can find out more, here.
You could make a real holiday of it. There is a ferry from Navy Pier to the Museum Campus and the Planetarium. The boat travels along the lakefront, with a view of the magnificent Chicago skyline. It is really an unforgettable experience.
An alternative way to watch the eclipse is through a pinhole camera. This is a DIY project that anyone can do. Here is a tutorial from Space.com. Maybe it will inspire you to try pinhole photography!
For those who want a virtual experience, there are several places that will be live streaming the total solar eclipse.
SLOOH will be based in Idaho. You can follow them here.
Astronomy Magazine will be live streaming from Wyoming. You can follow them here.
NASA will also be covering the eclipse live, from earth and from the International Space Station. You can follow them here.
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