Miss the eclipse Monday? 2024 view from Austin will be better


Highlights

Austinites will see a total eclipse on April 8, 2024

Austinites will see only a partial eclipse on Aug. 21

A total eclipse is cooler than a partial eclipse

Austinites, if you’re stuck inside Monday and miss the eclipse, don’t worry. While you can’t witness the total eclipse here, you’ll have a chance to experience total eclipse of the sun in a mere seven years.

Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin, turning daylight into twilight. The total eclipse will be visible in Austin at 6:36 p.m. and last a little over a minute, during which time massive streamers of light will be streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

The moon gets out from between you and the sun at 7:58 p.m., according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

For those who need a primer on eclipses and the associated lingo: A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, obscuring the sun. A partial eclipse means the sun is partially obscured. A total eclipse is uncommon, happening only when the moon is totally between the sun and where a particular person happens to be standing. The “path of the totality” is the narrow lane on the planet’s surface from which a full eclipse is visible.

That’s why you won’t see a full eclipse in Austin Monday. We aren’t in the path of totality; only about two-thirds of the sun will be obscured.

But don’t worry, Austin. Your time will come. The 2024 eclipse’s totality will track from southwest to northeast, going through Central Mexico and up through Texas, before making for Indiana and on through Maine. Austin and Dallas lie just inside the path of totality.

Sorry, San Antonio: According to NASA, you lie ever so slightly outside the path of the totality. But you have seven years to plan a drive up Interstate 35 to see it, and while you’re here you can enjoy some of Austin’s delicious breakfast tacos.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Florida man shoots girlfriend once, returns and shoots her fatally, deputies say
Florida man shoots girlfriend once, returns and shoots her fatally, deputies say

A Florida man faces a first-degree murder charge after allegedly firing a shot at his girlfriend, fleeing the scene, then returning and shooting her a number of times, The Tampa Bay Times reported. >> Read more trending news  Nathaniel J. Yates, 32, of Largo, is accused in the shooting death of Christine Giles, 28, of Seminole, according...
How did low-income Texas schools fare under state’s A-F rating system?
How did low-income Texas schools fare under state’s A-F rating system?

Although they tended to perform better under the state’s new school rating system than under the previous one, Texas schools with the highest rates of low-income children still performed worse than schools with wealthier student bodies. Among Texas schools with the highest percentages of low-income students, 6 percent of them failed to meet state...
PolitiFact: Increasing share of state money goes to charter schools
PolitiFact: Increasing share of state money goes to charter schools

A Democratic legislator declared that state aid fully fuels Texas charter schools while schools serving the vast bulk of students field less money. State Rep. Donna Howard of Austin said in a tweet: “Here’s the thing. In Tx, charters get 100% state $/pupil funding while district schools (95% students) get about 1/3 funding from state w/...
Traffic report for Aug. 20, 2018

Interstate 35 (Hays County): Various closures in both directions between Yarrington Road and Robert S. Light Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights. Interstate 35 (Travis County): The left lane on the southbound access road will be closed between Three Points Road and Cheddar Loop Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday...
As first bell rings Monday, Mendez Middle School gets second chance
As first bell rings Monday, Mendez Middle School gets second chance

Mendez Middle School’s Principal Joanna Carrillo-Rowley knocked on the door to the mobile home. Wearing jeans, a school shirt and a pair of Converse shoes, Carrillo-Rowley was pounding the pavement on a recent summer night in search of students who were zoned to attend her middle school but had not registered. It was a tactic she previously used...
More Stories