Central Texas Hotspot for Solar Eclipse 2024

In April 2024, the Great American Eclipse will be viewable from Austin and the surrounding Hill Country


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ECLIPSE FAQS

What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking some or all of the sun to earth’s surface.

What type of eclipse is it?
The 2024 eclipse will be a total eclipse. During a total eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun. Even though the sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, the distance between each solar body creates the illusion that they’re the same size in the sky when viewed from earth.

When will the eclipse be visible in Austin?
The eclipse will be visible throughout the Hill Country from 1:32 pm - 1:41 pm CST on April 8, 2024. Austin locals and visitors will experience about 1 minute and 46 seconds of the total solar eclipse at 1:36 pm CST. 

SAFETY TIPS

While preparing for the solar eclipse, it’s important to keep safety in mind. From confirming you’re equipped with proper eyewear to getting to your viewing destination, here are a few tips to keep you safe. 

With the exception of the brief moments during totality where the moon completely blocks the sun, it is crucial that viewers use approved eye protection when viewing the eclipse. 

The eclipse is expected to attract a substantial amount of visitors to Austin and the surrounding area, therefore roadway congestion and delays are probable. To ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible, be sure to arrive at your viewing location early and consider sticking around after the eclipse to avoid traffic. Just to be safe, plan to fill up your gas tank and pack extra food and water in the car in the event you get stuck in road delays. 

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