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Local teacher joins crowds in Carbondale to see the eclipse

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Thousands of people are expected to flood into Carbondale, Illinois for the solar eclipse. One Michiana teacher is among them.

Several events in Carbondale are geared toward anyone with a love of science. It was that love of science that brought the Director of  Penn Harris Madison’s Digital Video Theatre - Planetarium Air and Space Museum to Carbondale.

Melinda O’Malley says she couldn’t resist the chance to witness history.

“I have never personally witnessed a total solar eclipse and we’re at the crossroads – Carbondale," said O’Malley.

Luckily she has a friend who lives here at the crossroads and she decided to make the drive down to see the eclipse for herself. She also decided to take in some of the events happening – including the Science, Technology and Astronomy Expo.

“I’ve been given posters,” said O’Malley. “I’ve been given stickers and more eclipse glasses and all sorts of things I can demonstrate and share with my students.”

Ultimately she’s looking forward to sharing her personal experience the most.

“I’m so looking forward to the temperature drop,” O’Malley said. “Creatures that may do nocturnal behaviors. Just the awe and the spectacle of science and nature.”

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