There is a great deal of buzz generated by the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the best place to view it will be Carbondale, Illinois. The eclipse should begin at 11:52 a.m. when the moon’s orbit allows it to become between the sun and the earth. The full solar eclipse will only last for two minutes and 40 seconds from 1:20 to 1:22. The moon’s path in front of the sun is expected to end by 2:47 p.m.
The same source shares that the last time Americans experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1991. While this is a rare opportunity to see one of the astronomical anomalies, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital warns that you must take great caution to view the eclipse.
“People in our area could see more than 94% of the sun covered,” said Susan Dunlap, FNP, HSHS Good Shepherd Family Practice, “But they must do so with the correct precautions. Do not use the naked eye, sunglasses, a camera or a telescope. Basically, you need special glasses with a polarizing film or a #14 welder’s glass to make it safe. Looking at the sun, even when partially covered, is as harmful as staring at a 1000 watt halogen work lamp at arm’s length and will damage your eyes.”
Should you choose to buy the special eclipse glasses, make certain that they are approved by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). Look for the ISO logo and if the logo is round or if there is no manufacturer’s name, the glasses could be counterfeit and unsafe, and should be discarded.
NASA recommends that you make a pinhole camera as an alternative. This project is easily constructed with boxes and is considered a very safe way to view the eclipse. For instructions to create your pinhole camera, please visit

About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit   
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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