This year there will be a total solar eclipse, and parts of Texas will be shrouded in darkness as it passes over the Lone Star State.

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What is a total solar eclipse?

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves over the sun, causing a complete blackout to those below. Here's how NASA describes what people see during a total solar eclipse:

People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

Where will the total solar eclipse be visible?

According to NASA, on April 8, the 2024 total solar eclipse is expected to move over North America and will be visible in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The total solar eclipse is expected to cross over from Mexico and into Texas around 1:30 p.m. that day.

It will slowly move through the Lone Star State within an hour, and will cross over into Oklahoma around 2 p.m. Below is a map from NASA outlining the path of the total solar eclipse. This is also areas where the total solar eclipse will be most visible.


Where in Texas can you see the total solar eclipse?

It looks like a good majority of Texans will be able to see the total solar eclipse right out their backyard! Those areas are within the path of totality, which means those below will be able to see the entire eclipse, weather permitting. But some Texans may have to drive to a nearby town to see the whole thing.

Below are the Texas cities within the total solar eclipse path of totality:

  • San Antonio
  • Austin
  • Killeen
  • Waco
  • Temple
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Arlington
  • Texarkana

For more details on the 2024 total solar eclipse, check out NASA's official website. They also provide safety guidelines on how to watch the total solar eclipse.

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