How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Live in Illinois

NOTE: NBC Chicago will offer a live stream of the sky over Carbondale beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 right here. 

Not able to make it outside to see the total solar eclipse in person? 

We've got you covered. 

Whether you're at work, on the go or at home you can watch complete live coverage of the sky over Carbondale on the NBC Chicago app and website. 

We will offer a live stream with complete coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. online. The coverage will continue until the eclipse has ended.

In addition, NBC News will hold two special reports, one at 12:12 p.m. CT and another at 1 p.m. CT, extending through the peak time of the eclipse in Illinois. Both will air on NBC 5. 

A live stream of the eclipse as it happens across the country is also available on the NBC Chicago app and website here

The eclipse, due on August 21, has astronomy enthusiasts and summer road-trippers flocking to the "path of the totality," a belt of states across the country that will provide prime viewing of the solar event. But as hotels fill up and time runs out to find a viewing spot, watchers are looking for other options. 

An entire generation of Americans haven’t seen a total eclipse. The last time totality passed over the contiguous U.S. was in 1979.

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