Crossroads of the Solar Eclipse: Best Photos from Carbondale 2017

Welcome to Carbondale

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Carbondale has been dubbed the "Solar Eclipse Crossroads of America" because it is located along the path of totality for this eclipse as well as another total solar eclipse in 2024. According to local officials, approximately 50,000 people could travel to Carbondale to see the solar eclipse.

Here are some of the coolest photos from in and around Carbondale.

Shadow fest

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As part of the eclipse festivities, the city of Carbondale is hosting "Shadow Fest," a three-day event featuring live musical performances.

Let them eat cake

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Solar eclipse-themed cakes were on sale at the local Kroger grocery store in Carbondale.

Eclipse merchandise

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Bobbie Carroll sells eclipse-themed shirts at a craft fair in Carbondale.

Umbra coffee

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Solar eclipse-themed coffee was sold at Carbondale's "Eclipse Marketplace."

Band practice

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The student marching band practices on the campus of Southern Illinois University before participating in solar eclipse festivities at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale.

Eclipse marketplace

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A vendor sells solar eclipse stickers in Carbondale on Aug. 19, 2017.

Indoor camping

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Hundreds of campers paid $40 per night to camp indoors on the campus of Southern Illinois University the night before the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Counting sunspots

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Spectators look at the sun through a telescope on the Southern Illinois University campus on Aug. 20, 2017, one day before the total solar eclipse.

At the Varsity

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The Varsity Center for the Arts is hosting a viewing party for the solar eclipse.

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Denise Chow is a former staff writer who then worked as assistant managing editor at Live Science before moving to NBC News as a science reporter, where she focuses on general science and climate change. She spent two years with, writing about rocket launches and covering NASA's final three space shuttle missions, before joining the Live Science team in 2013. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University. At NBC News, Denise covers general science and climate change.