Almost 1,500 people made their way to Marion on Monday, many of whom traveled hundreds of miles just to experience the total solar eclipse at Rent One Park.
The city of Carbondale, Illinois, fell along the path of totality for about two minutes and forty-five seconds, and celebrated the event with Moonstock, a three-day-long festival that featured headlining act Ozzy Osbourne. The 15,000-seat football stadium at the Southern Illinois University campus in Carbondale was sold out for the event. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in that small town and their eyes will be on the sky Monday afternoon, of course wearing those special glasses.
While waiting for the path of totality in Carbondale, Illinois, thousands had to endure the wrath of humidity. It will experience a longer period of darkness than nearly anywhere else in the country.
Celestial satisfaction for those who traveled hundreds of miles to Carbondale to witness heavenly history. "That meets requirements - I am now an eclipse veteran!" Another Eclipse express trains leaves at 7:30 a.m. but it is headed to other locations in southern IL.
Despite occasional clouds the Chicago Park District held solar eclipse viewing parties in 20 parks.
In Boston, Massachusetts the sun will be covered around 2:46 p.m. ABC News will have a special report on the Great American Eclipse starting at noon.
Expect the party to end around 4:10 p.m.