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Where can I see the Solar Eclipse 2024 around Plano?

A full solar eclipse 2024, nicknamed The Great North American Eclipse, will happen on Monday, April 8, and will be able to be seen from Texas at 1:40 p.m.

Dallas is nestled right in the path of totality of this year’s solar event for three minutes and 51 seconds, making it the longest duration across North America.

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Solar Eclipse 2024

This event won’t occur again for at least 200 years, so don’t miss the opportunity to witness one of nature’s most beautiful celestial shows.

With spectacular visuals such as stars appearing during the day, animals acting strangely, eerie lighting changes, and a general feeling of awe – this is certainly a sight worth seeing! 

A Total Solar Eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the Sun’s light and creating a shadow on the Earth’s surface.

During a Total Solar Eclipse, the Moon completely covers the Sun, causing the sky to darken and stars to become visible. The corona, the Sun’s outer atmosphere, can also be seen as a glowing ring around the Moon. Total Solar Eclipse are rare and can only be observed from a narrow path on the Earth’s surface.

The Path of Totality, where the Eclipse can be seen in its entirety, is usually only a few hundred kilometers wide and moves across the Earth’s surface as the Moon orbits around the Earth.

Outside the Path of Totality, a Partial Solar Eclipse can be observed, where only a portion of the Sun is covered by the Moon.

Solar Eclipse 2024 times

Duration: 2 hours|39 minutes|24 seconds

Totality: 3 minutes & 52 seconds

Partial Begins: 12:23:18 PM

Full Begins: 1:40:43 PM

Maximum: 1:42:39 PM

Full Ends: 1:44:35 PM

Partial Ends: 3:02:42 PM

Maybe add a countdown clock.

Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing.

Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.


Where to get Solar Eclipse 2024 Glasses

Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun.

Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. 

Here’s some advice from our friends at Total Eclipse DFW

1. Only purchase glasses from an APPROVED reseller listed American Astronomical Society (AAS) Suppliers of Safe Solar Filters & Viewers (Total Eclipse DFW, the only local reseller, is on the approved list).

2. Do not buy your Eclipse Glasses on Amazon.

3. Purchase your Eclipse glasses NOW. If you wait, it may be too late.

The last time we had a total eclipse, in 2017, there was an extreme shortage of glasses; even more concerning was the substantial number of counterfeit glasses!

Make sure to tell all your friends about this too.


Solar Eclipse 2024 DFW Events

These events are all on Monday, April 8, and the times quoted are start times. The actual Eclipse time will be according to the list above.

Eclipse Eve – A Downtown Plano Street Party

April 7, 5 pm, McCall Plaza, Free

All of the following events are on April 8:

Total Eclipse of the Heard ***update-sold out***

9 am, Heard Museum, McKinney. Cost: $5 member, $25 non-members

Solar Eclipse Party at the Truckyard

11 am, The Truckyard, The Colony, Free

Total Eclipse of the Ballpark

11 am – 3 pm, Frisco Roughriders. Cost: $10

Solar Eclipse Rooftop Party at Legacy West

11 am – 4 pm, Legacy West, $10

Total Eclipse of the Park

11 am, Addison Circle Park. Cost: Free

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Downtown McKinney

11 am, Historic Downtown McKinney. Cost: $10

Total Eclipse of the Arts

11.30 am – 3 pm, Sammons Park, Dallas, Free

Solar Sand Eclipse

11.30 am – 2 pm, Little Elm Park

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

12 pm – 4 pm, Three Empires Brewing, Frisco

Total Eclipse Viewing in Plano

12 pm – 3.30 pm, City of Plano – Windhaven Meadows Park or Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Celina Eclipse Party at the Park

12 pm – 2 pm, Old Celina Park

Solar Eclipse Watch Party

12 pm – 3 pm, Frisco Railyard

Total Eclipse of the Park

12 pm – 3 pm, Hall Park, Frisco. Cost: Free

Solar Eclipse Sensory Friendly Event

12 pm – 3.30 pm, Collin County Farm Museum. Cost: Preregister and pay a $10 parking fee

Solar Eclipse at the Star

12.30 pm – 2 pm, The Star, Frisco, $45

The Colony Total Solar Eclipse Viewing

12.30 pm – 2.30 pm, Stewart Creek Park, The Colony


What you’ll see

Solar Eclipse 2024

Author

  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)