In just a few short years, the United States will experience one of the most awe-inspiring astronomical events: a total solar eclipse. On April 8, 2024, the path of totality will sweep across the country, from Texas to Maine. And for Texans, the 2024 eclipse will be an unforgettable experience, with many cities and towns in the Lone Star State situated in the path of totality.
But before we get there, there’s another solar eclipse coming to Texas that you won’t want to miss. On October 14, 2023, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of the state. While it won’t be as dramatic as a total eclipse, it’s still a rare and exciting event that you can start preparing for now.
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure you have the right equipment. Looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, can damage your eyes. You’ll need special eclipse glasses, which are available for purchase online or at many science museums or planetariums. Make sure you get them well in advance of the eclipse, as they tend to sell out quickly.
Next, you’ll want to find a good viewing location. Depending on where you are in Texas, you may be able to see the eclipse from your own backyard. But if you’re in a city, you’ll want to find a spot with a clear view of the western horizon, as that’s where the eclipse will be visible as the sun sets. Parks, open fields, and high points with a clear view of the horizon are all good options.
On the day of the eclipse, you’ll want to arrive at your viewing location early, at least an hour before the eclipse begins. This will give you time to set up your equipment, get comfortable, and enjoy the anticipation of the event. Remember to keep an eye on the time, as the eclipse will only last for a few hours.
During the eclipse, you’ll see the moon pass in front of the sun, casting a shadow over the earth and causing the sky to darken. You’ll be able to see the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, shining around the edges of the moon. It’s a breathtaking sight, and one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
So start planning now for the 2023 solar eclipse in Texas. With the right equipment and a good viewing location, you’ll be able to witness a rare and unforgettable event that will inspire wonder and awe in everyone who sees it.