Putnam Museum To Live Stream Solar Eclipse

Aug 7, 2017

Quad Citians who won't be able to view the total solar eclipse in southern Illinois or elsewhere might still have the chance to see this rare occurrence. 

Illinois Office of Tourism

The Putnam Museum in Davenport will live stream the total solar eclipse from a location in Nebraska that will experience one of the longest durations of darkness.

Quad Cities astronomer Dale Hendricks will narrate the event as the moon sweeps across the sun and covers it for about two-and-a-half minutes. 

"It's going to be deathly quiet, the birds will roost. It's going to be totally dark outside just like at night, and that causes people to have very strange feelings about what's going on."

The total solar eclipse will cross 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina.

Credit Illinois Office of Tourism

One of the closest viewing points to the Quad Cities will be in Carbondale, Illinois — where the moon will cover the sun for about two minutes and 37 seconds. 

Those who wish to view the August 21 eclipse from the Putnam must register online on the museum's website. 

Hendricks says the Putnam will provide protective eyewear required to view the eclipse.