We all know that the total eclipse will be passing to our south–with communities such as Carbondale having the best view. But, we’ll have a very solid view in Fayette County of the eclipse today. There are literally dozens of websites out there that can give you a sneak peak at what you are going to see. But, this illustration from Time Magazine allows you to take a look at different zip codes.
Another good site to give you an idea.
According to the information out there, the eclipse looks like it will begin in this area at 11:50 am, reaching it’s peak around 1:18 pm and ending for our area at 2:45 pm. As we know, we are not 100% eclipse here. But, according to various maps, we’ll be at 98% magnitude and 98% obscuration for the event. Meanwhile, there are expected be better than a quarter of a million visitors to deep Southern Illinois to see the eclipse. But, there are many areas in Missouri, Western Kentucky and such, that would be a fairly short drive from here and might give you a less crowded situation to see the event.