Carbondale and the Fuller Dome Home's location on "Spaceship Earth" is situated at the crossroads of two major solar eclipses. The first eclipse occurs this year on August 21st, 2017 and the second will happen in 2024. The paths of these two eclipses, as they travel through the sky above the United States, will intersect here in Southern Illinois.
The total solar eclipse enters Illinois at 1:17 p.m. CDT and leaves at 1:25 p.m. The shadow of the Moon is speeding through Illinois at about 1825 miles per hour! This a truly auspicious occasion for us at the Fuller Dome Home considering the importance that Bucky attributed to observing the grand patterns of universal integrity demonstrated in planetary movements. The significance Bucky gave to planetary movements is evident in this quote regarding the requisites for educating children:
"The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise and set. It is the Earth that revolves around the sun. Then teach them the concepts of North, South, East and West, and that they relate to where they happen to be on the planet's surface at that time. Everything else will follow." - Buckminster Fuller