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Local Circumstances for the 21 AUG 2017 Total Solar Eclipse at Balcom, IL:
|Latitude: 37° 24' 48" N||Longitude: 89° 12' 23" W|
|Duration of Totality*: 2m 31s||Partial phase start: 11:52:37AM (CDT), at "1:30 o'clock" on the sun's disk|
|Totality Start*: 1:20:31PM (CDT) |
*All times shown are calculated for the lat/long specified above, and are accurate to within a couple of seconds, due mainly to influences of the "edge effects" at the start and end of totality.
For a more detailed explanation of this, please see the "About Accuracy" section
of this great 2017 eclipse page by Ernie Wright of NASA!
Please also note that these times have been converted from UTC; if you see times on other sites that say "UTC"/ "UT", or "GMT", those are NOT the local times for you in Balcom!
Standard Google Map of Balcom and vicinity
Current Weather Forecast for Balcom
CURRENT CLOUD COVER:
LOCAL | NATIONAL
Visit our "Weather" links above for other great cloud cover forecast maps!
Balcom is in the path of totality for the
Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017!
Observers there will see (appx.) 2m 31s of totality!
(Get your eclipse glasses here – you MUST have them to safely view the partial phases!)
Do you have a location that could host folks seeking to watch the eclipse?
First, we'd suggest you contact your local Chamber of Commerce and/or Town/City Council.
But then, check out
Sky & Telescope Magazine's Marketplace for viewing locations!
Eclipse2017.org also has a (paid) Eclipse advertising section, where you can make and post an ad to promote your products and services!
Please be sure to check out Dr. Kate Russo's excellent White Paper on
Community Eclipse Planning!
Not where you want to be?
Go back to other IL cities!
Visit community pages for other states
If you are an official of Balcom, who is responsible for Eclipse2017 public outreach,
please send us information about your community’s 2017 eclipse plans – so we can share it here with everyone!
(Please note, we are completely swamped with requests, so NO more pictures - and PLEASE give us the text EXACTLY so we can cut and paste it in!)
Eclipse2017.org encourages everyone to get into the path of totality on eclipse day,
and see one of the greatest sights the sky has to offer!
(And make sure to have eclipse glasses on hand for everyone!)