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PHOTOS: Austinites Take In The Solar Eclipse

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A partial view of the eclipse from Butler Park in downtown Austin.

A lot of Austinites were out taking in the eclipse this afternoon. And whether you were one of them or not, it was just a warmup for a couple more eclipses not too many years from now. 

“April 8, 2024. Mark it on your calendars now: Totality in Austin. We’ll get about two minutes here in Austin," said Lara Eakins, program coordinator for the Astronomy Department at UT Austin. "We’re not quite on the center line of that eclipse, so if you want to max out your time in totality, you’ll want to be in Kerrville or Killeen and some parts of Dallas."

Use your mouse or open in the YouTube app on your smartphone to take a 360-tour of some of the eclipse viewing parties in Austin: 

Before then, in 2023, there will be an annular eclipse, when the moon is not quite big enough to block the sun’s light, leaving a larger sort of corona. San Antonio will be on the center line for that one. In Austin, it will be an eclipse of roughly 85 to 90 percent. 

Check out some photos from the eclipse watch parties below. 

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Shylo Faulkner, Vanessa Vaught, Diarmuid Mulvihill and 7-year-old Jolee Burkhart view the eclipse from Butler Park in downtown Austin.

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A view of the eclipse at its peak visibility in Austin, just after 1 p.m.

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Ryan Hodge takes a break from work to watch the solar eclipse from on top of a parking structure downtown.

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A view of the eclipse at 12:57 p.m.

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The eclipse creates crescent-shaped shadows on the sidewalk on the UT-Austin campus.
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Joyce Dugar of Austin Energy looks at the eclipse in Butler Park.

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Barbara McArthur and Tommy Vinyard set up a telescope to watch the eclipse outside of the RLM Building on UT campus.

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A crowd gathers in the hallway outside the Astronomy Department's Heliostat for a public viewing of the eclipse.
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A heliostat projects a reflection of the eclipse during a viewing party hosted by the UT Astronomy Department.

Kathleen Strong (lower left) and others watch as the heliostat reflects sunlight onto a wall.
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