Killeen is directly in the path of totality for the next solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 and we want you to experience it with us!
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun and the Moon blocks the Sun for a viewer on Earth.
During a total eclipse, the Moon lines up perfectly to fully obscure the Sun, resulting in “totality.”
In a partial eclipse, the Moon and the Sun are not perfectly aligned and only part of the Sun is blocked.
During an annular eclipse, alignment is perfect but the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely obscure the Sun. The fact that a total solar eclipse is visible from Earth only along a very narrow path for just a few short minutes makes totality one of nature’s rarest events.
Stay with us in Killeen for Eclipse Weekend. We’ll have so many events to enjoy.
The centerline of the eclipse enters Texas, and the U.S., as it crosses the Rio Grande River at the Mexico-U.S. border at approximately 12:10pm CDT, with totality beginning in that location at about 1:27pm CDT.
Texas is situated at a singular spot along the total solar eclipse centerline where the duration of totality is longer than anywhere else.
If the longest durations of totality in the U.S. wasn’t enough, Texas is also widely considered to have the best eclipse-day weather prospects in the country.
Texas will also be the place where perhaps more people will witness totality than anywhere else in the U.S., not only because Texas is such a large state and the path of totality covers so much ground here, but also because Texas is where the path happens to cross the three largest cities—San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin—it will encounter during its journey across the country.
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.
Our thanks to NASA for this helpful information.