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Total solar eclipse over Illinois -Aug. 21, 2017

The Land of Lincoln will enjoy it’s moment under the eclipsed Sun.

Only the southernmost section of Illinois enjoys totality, but this state has bragging rights for the longest duration of the total solar eclipse along the entire path if only by a tiny whisker over Kentucky.

Eclipse calculations today are extremely precise. Not only are the best ephemerides for the motions of the solar system bodies used, but precise topographic models of the Moon are employed to discern which lunar valley or low point will pierce the Sun’s disk early or late to affect the precise duration of eclipse. These calculations point to the very longest duration to be at 37.568 degrees North latitude and 89.1029 degrees West longitude. Near this spot is a name that warms the heart of eclipse chasers: Blue Skies Vineyard.

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