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>> See eclipse crossroads of North America.>> Anticipation, anxiety, and elation in Carbondale, Illinois, where clouds threaten to obscure the great American eclipse. I'm Andy Sullivan at Southern Illinois University, where 14,000 people filled this college football stadium, to witness 2 minutes and 38 seconds of a total solar eclipse.
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But things didn't go exactly as planned, that is a gigantic cloud that has now moved in front of the sun, when we've got about 16 minutes left until totality. No cloud, no cloud! Everybody right now is desperately hoping that we're gonna be able to see this eclipse as it happens.
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It's gotten really quiet here in the stadium, and even the announcers are saying that it's looking troublesome. I think our prayers may have worked, we're seeing a little sliver right now. You can hear the cheers of the crowd, there it is. Now you can see the corona, you can see the complete, what an amazing sight, aah!
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w, we got lucky. After the spectacle, viewers told me that the cloud cover only added to the drama.>> There was a huge cloud, and then just seconds before the total eclipse, just a hole ripped through.>> Then it looked like at the last minute we were going to be disappointed, but it was great, really, probably never see anything like it again.
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>> When it was visible through the clouds, took me out of my body, it felt awe-inspiring, just a spiritual experience that really had no other comparison.>> It was a magical moment for this small city, which is billing itself as the Eclipse Crossroad of America. They've got another total solar eclipse on the calendar, seven years from now.
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The school got a chance to strut its stuff, and the city got a windfall of tourist dollars. They're hoping that this brief celestial event will have a lasting impact.>>