Awesome! Temple & Killeen, Texas Will Get Prime View of Solar Eclipse in 2024
Earthlings from across the country will be heading to Temple and Killeen, Texas in April of 2024 for a full solar eclipse.
For clarification, a solar eclipse is an eclipse in which the sun is obscured by the moon. A full solar eclipse is an eclipse of the sun in which the moon completely hides the solar surface or photosphere and thereby cuts off all direct rays of sunlight from the observer, according to Merriam-Webster.
Solar Eclipse in Texas
A total solar eclipse is happening on April 8 2024, and according to National Eclipse, this beautiful celestial event will be visible from 13 states, with Texas getting the longest duration.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the eclipse will be visible from Texas at approximately 12:10 p.m., with totality beginning at about 1:27 p.m. Totality will last about 2 full minutes here in Central Texas and about 4 minutes in Dallas.
Solar Eclipse in Temple and Killeen
Gotta love science. According to National Eclipse, here are the times and how long totality will last in cities here in Central Texas:
Copperas Cove, 1:35:53 p.m., 4:23 minutes
Killeen, 1:36:12 p.m., 4:17 minutes
Harker Heights, 1:36:19 p.m., 4:12 minutes
Temple, 1:37:05 p.m., 3:46 minutes
Best Place to See the Eclipse in Texas
The best place for viewing the eclipse will depend on the weather. Any place with clear skies will be ideal for watching the big show, but according to eclipsophile.com, Junction and Brady, Texas will be the best cities because they typically get clearer weather in April.
Watching a Solar Eclipse Safely
WARNING! Staring at the sun can cause permanent damage to your eyes, but there are special glasses you can get that will allow you to view the eclipse in real time. According to NASA, a total solar eclipse can be viewed without safety glasses while the moon is covering the sun.
Solar Eclipse - One Show Only
Make plans to catch it while it's in town, because the next total solar eclipse visible from a North American state won't happen 'til 2033 and you'll need to be in Alaska to see it.
More eclipses are expected in 2044, 2045, and 2052.