Preparing for the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Waco TX

Eclipses happen because the moon and the sun have the same angular size. They appear to be the same size in the sky, but the sun is approximately 400 times larger than the moon and 400 times farther away from earth. As a result, it allows the moon to block off the sun completely during a total solar eclipse.

The next solar eclipse occurs on April 8, 2024, and its totality will be visible in Waco, TX, making this city one of the best places to see a total solar eclipse. Read further to learn more about the eclipse and why you need eclipse 3D glasses for safety purposes. 

Can You See the Lunar Eclipse in Waco, TX?

During a total lunar eclipse, the sun and moon will be on opposite sides of earth. No special glasses are needed to view the lunar eclipse; viewers may use a telescope or a pair of binoculars. The penumbral lunar eclipse in Waco, TX, is on March 24, 2024, at 11:53 p.m. local time and will last for 4 hours and 39 minutes. It will end on March 25, 2024, at 4:32 a.m. There’s also a partial lunar eclipse, which will occur later in the year, on September 17, 2024. 

What Time Will the 2024 Solar Eclipse Happen?

In local time, the first contact (partial eclipse), or when the moon first touches the sun, will be at 12:15 p.m. The total solar eclipse, or when the moon completely covers the Sun, will occur at 1:38 p.m. The sun will be completely hidden during this time. The total solar eclipse will end at 1:42 p.m.

Always use safe solar viewing glasses at all times when watching the phases of the solar eclipse. Note that these glasses are a thousand times darker than regular sunglasses. Also, never use a telescope, binoculars or any camera when viewing the eclipse because the solar rays can damage the filter and result in a serious eye injury. Additionally, purchase solar eclipse glasses from a reputable store only, and inspect them first before using them for viewing. Replace any scratched or damaged glasses to avoid direct sun exposure.

During the total solar eclipse, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s face. Expect a dark sky during totality, making the time of day feel like dusk or dawn. In good weather, it may be possible to see the sun’s corona, which is usually obscured during an eclipse. As mentioned, always wear your glasses while waiting for the solar eclipse. Remove it only during the totality, which is only brief. In Waco, the total solar eclipse will last for 4 minutes and 12 seconds. Wear your solar eclipse glasses again after the totality phase. 

You may see a 360-degree sunset during the totality phase or second contact. Bright stars and planets may also be seen when the sky becomes dark. Expect an eerie silence around you; some people may become emotional during the totality phase. 

What’s the Duration of the 2024 Solar Eclipse?

The path of totality or total solar eclipse will last for 4 minutes and 12 seconds. The moon will completely cover the sun during this time, darkening the sky. For people who can only experience a partial solar eclipse, the sky will only be slightly darker, depending on location. 

While waiting for the total solar eclipse to occur, note that it’s not safe to look at the sun directly without wearing eye protection specifically made for solar viewing. Unless its for those brief moments of totality, wear your specialized glasses the rest of the time to avoid eye injury. The human retina is sensitive to light, and a quick glance may leave permanent damage. You’ll be safer by wearing our solar eclipse glasses. 

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