On April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. But Texans won’t have to wait that long to witness this incredible celestial event. On October 14th, 2023, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from many parts of Texas.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, blocking the sun’s light and casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely covers the sun, creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring sight.
While the 2023 eclipse won’t be a total eclipse, it will still be a breathtaking event to witness. During a partial solar eclipse, the moon only partially covers the sun, creating a crescent-shaped shadow. The amount of coverage varies depending on where you are, but in Texas, observers can expect to see between 20% and 70% of the sun covered by the moon.
The best places to view the 2023 eclipse in Texas will be in the northern and eastern parts of the state. Cities like Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas, and Houston will all experience a significant amount of coverage. The eclipse will begin around noon and last for several hours, with maximum coverage occurring in the mid-afternoon.
If you’re planning to view the eclipse, it’s important to take proper precautions to protect your eyes. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage. You can purchase special eclipse glasses or use a pinhole projector to safely view the event.
In addition to being a stunning sight, solar eclipses have long been the subject of scientific study. Researchers use eclipses to study the sun’s atmosphere and magnetic field, as well as to test theories of relativity.
So mark your calendars for October 14th, 2023, and get ready to witness a rare and beautiful event. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or just a casual sky-watcher, the 2023 solar eclipse is sure to be an unforgettable experience.