SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) – Tomorrow marks 2 months until a total solar eclipse will be arriving in the United States on Monday, April 8, 2024. Good news; portions of Texoma are in the path of totality!

Map of the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024

 

You can view the entire path of the total solar eclipse through the United States here: https://nationaleclipse.com/overview.html

The total solar eclipse will move across 13 US states from southwest to northeast. The centerline of the eclipse will be traveling through eastern Texoma counties, including Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar counties in Texas, as well as McCurtain, Bryan, Choctaw, and Pushmataha counties in Oklahoma.

The centerline of the eclipse is expected to enter Texas and the United States as it crosses the Rio Grande River at the US-Mexico border around 12:10 PM CDT, with totality beginning at the border around 1:27 PM CDT. 

The longest totality durations will occur in Texas which will be considered a prime viewing destination in April 2024.

The total solar eclipse on March 9, 1997.

 

Texas is where the path happens to cross the three largest cities: San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin. Dallas is expected to have about 3 minutes and 50 seconds of totality with Fort Worth getting about 2 minutes and 27 seconds. Austin will have about 1 minute and 49 seconds of totality while San Antonio will have about 2 minutes and 11 seconds. 

The centerline of the eclipse exits Texas as it crosses the Red River at approximately 3:06 PM CDT.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun from the earth.

Diagram of a total solar eclipse

 

If you have not done so yet, buy a pair of approved solar eclipse glasses! Please wear any approved NASA eclipse glasses as you would normal glasses. Do not use the glasses to look through a camera lens, telescope, or binoculars. These methods will damage your eyes.

Some tips for the upcoming solar eclipse

 

To purchase NASA approved safety glasses for the solar eclipse, you can visit this link.