It’s been two years since much of the country, including us in East Texas, saw a once in a lifetime show. The Great American Eclipse.

August 21, 2017… the moon moved directly in front of the sun, casting a shadow across the continental United States. The solar eclipse started in Oregon shortly after 11 am central time. From there the eclipse path moved through the plains, and into South Carolina. That was the last state to see the eclipse in totality. The eclipse ended there just after 3 pm central time.

NASA

Not everyone was in the path of totality, but those that were actually were able to take off their special glasses and see the eclipse in full effect.

For us in East Texas, we were unfortunately not in the path of totality. However, we still got a pretty good show. The partial eclipse for us started at 11:43 am (CDT). At 1:14 pm, the eclipse reached its maximum, and the partial eclipse ended at 2:43 pm. While we were not in the path of totality, at its maximum about 80% of the sun was blocked out here in East Texas.

While we missed out on the path of totality this time around, we won’t next time. In April of 2024, a total solar eclipse will move through East Texas and head up to Ohio. We will also see an annular solar eclipse in October of 2023, but the moon won’t completely block the sun out that time around. There will still be a ring around the moon.