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.