total solar eclipse will pass over Illinois on Monday, April 8th, 2024.  There are a few things you shouldn't do when it arrives.

I feel like the closest I've been to witnessing any type of celestial event was when I played Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch.  That counts, right?  You'd go to a specific part of the game and stargaze.  Then, after wishing on a shooting star you'd get to see a crazy star show in the sky!

Imagine witnessing that type of thing in real life.  Well, it's not too far out of reach when a total solar eclipse touches down across Illinois next month.  If it is on your bucket list to see a total solar eclipse in person, here's what you need to know!

Related: 5 Things You Must Do During The Illinois Solar Eclipse


I talked previously about how you should prepare when the day comes.  If you're traveling to get the best view of the sky, make sure you're aware of your surroundings, have your phone charged, a full tank of gas, and water and snacks just in case. 

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There will probably be a ton of traffic if you're going to a more "tourist-y" area for the viewing, so plan to arrive early!

Now, there are two really important things you should remember when a total solar eclipse happens.

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Don't Do These 2 Things During Illinois' Solar Eclipse

• Don’t take photos or wear eclipse glasses while driving.

"The American Astronomical Society recommends you wear solar eclipse glasses at all times while viewing a solar eclipse. If you are not in the path of totality, you will only ever see the partial eclipse, so it's crucial you keep your eclipse sunglasses on at all times to avoid eye damage." [travelandleisure]

• If you’re in a vehicle, don’t stop along roads or bridges.

This is a given - your safety comes first and if someone is distracted looking at the sky while driving, you don't want to be in their path.  Safety always!

Mark your calendars for Monday, April 8th, 2024.  Go on a date night, cross it off your bucket list, and enjoy a beautiful night in the sky.

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