Austin may not be in best spot to see the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, but there will be a show, nonetheless.
The visible path of the total eclipse runs diagonally across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina — well to our north — but we’ll still see about 65 percent of the sun obscured by the moon at its peak.
The eclipse will begin in Austin at around 11:41 a.m., reach its maximum at about 1:10 p.m. and then be completely over by 2:39 p.m.
Remember: Don’t look directly at the eclipse with your naked eyes! You can buy a pair of certified eclipse glasses (here’s a handy list from the American Astronomical Association) or you can make your own pinhole camera with these instructions from NASA.
NASA is livestreaming the event:
Several organizations around Austin are hosting viewing parties Aug. 21:
We're on Facebook Live from the event at UT's Astronomy building:
The last time a total eclipse was viewable in the U.S. was 1923.
If you miss this year’s eclipse, don’t worry; there will be another one on April 8, 2024. Good news: Austin will be in the path of the total eclipse that time.