Today is the big day: a rare solar eclipse that will block the sun is currently happening across North America. In Chicago, the eclipse started around 11:54 a.m. and will peak at 1:19 p.m. when the moon will block 87% of the sun. Anticipating the celestial phenomenon, thousands of Chicago residents have already descended upon Chicago parks and other public spaces to get a view of the eclipse. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t exactly cooperation, but it’s not stopping people from heading outdoors en masse.
The Adler Planetarium is hosting one of the biggest celebrations today with a full day of activities and events. The Adler has also been a major distributor of certified solar glasses to various watch parties throughout the city. Despite the overcast weather, folks are still crowding outside of the planetarium and enjoying themselves. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do around the Adler this morning.