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METROPOLIS, Ill. (WKRN) – A small town in Illinois is getting a lot of attention because it will experience two total solar eclipses over the next seven years.
Metropolis, also known as the home of Superman, is in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse. It’ll also be in the path of totality for the April 2024 eclipse.
City officials told News 2 they are using this month’s eclipse as a test run of sorts to gear up for the one seven years from now.
“Well, you know, you learn from your events, so I think this first one will be an indication of what the next one will be and so we’ll have our notebooks out and everything and trying to get some tips for the next time,” Amanda King with the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce said.
The City of Metropolis is holding a super solar festival on Aug. 20 ahead of the eclipse from noon to 8 p.m. A viewing party will be held on the Aug. 21 along the banks of the Ohio River from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“How often can you say you watched the eclipse with Superman? It’s the coolest thing ever. But for us to say you were in Metropolis, you can get a cool shirt with a superman statue, this is something that’s going to happen again, but the first time to do it here is a pretty cool event to have,” King said.
In addition to the festival and watch party, a scuba diving business is also getting ready for a special event – eclipse diving.
The owner of Mermet Spring Scuba Diving came up with the idea and those who sign up will have the chance to be in the water during the eclipse.
“I’ve been diving since the 1980s and I’ve never been in the water during a solar eclipse, so this will be something. I definitely want my kids in the water for this, and it adds a whole new perspective. If you can imagine being in the water at 1 in the afternoon and it getting dark. It’s a little bit scary, but it’s kind of exciting,” said owner Glen Faith.
So far, there are about 100 divers signed up. Divers do have to be certified to participate.