The Next Big Solar Eclipse Will Darken East Texas in April of 2024
Solar eclipses are a very cool phenomena. This is when the moon, in it's rotation around the Earth, passes in front of the sun, temporarily blocking the light from the sun. We've seen these in East Texas many times and can view them using many different methods. However, a total eclipse that will take place on April 8 of 2024 will pass directly over East Texas making us go dark for a short period of time.
For those that love to look at the skies, April 8 of 2024 is going to be a very fun day. A total eclipse is happening with a path that will take it directly over a portion of East Texas. What does this mean? Well, we will go dark for a bit while the moon moves in front of the sun during it's orbit around the Earth. The path of the eclipse has an ominous name, Path of Totality, but it simply means that the areas along this path will go dark for a few minutes as the moon passes by. Let's just hope that our spring time weather will cooperate and give us a clear day to view the eclipse. Although, an eclipse while a thunderstorm is in progress could be really cool, too.
Path of the Eclipse
This particular eclipse is expected to stretch from Texas to Maine with Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and Syracuse being the major cities that will be under the "path of totality." The path of totality is where an area is directly in the path of the moon's blockage of the sun causing a few minutes of darkness. It can be a bit scary but is perfectly normal.
Effect on East Texas
The western portion of East Texas, including Tyler, should see a full eclipse. The eastern portion of East Texas will likely see a good darkening as well. The eclipse is expected to start around 1:30 p.m. central time over us and end in Maine around 2:30 p.m. central time.
Last Solar Eclipse
The last occurrence of a solar eclipse happened in 2017. Many of us in East Texas got our special glasses and spent some time outside looking up to see the partial eclipse. For this one in 2024, we won't need special glasses, we'll need to turn on a flashlight as we'll have 10 p.m. for a few minutes at 1:30 p.m.