What is an eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, and the Moon blocks the Sun 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.  The fact that a total solar eclipse is visible from Earth only along a narrow path for a few short minutes makes totality one of nature's rarest events.



When is the next eclipse?

On April 8, 2024, Temple, Texas, will be in the path of totality for the sun's total eclipse. We will be one of the best places in the United States to experience this spectacular event, with 3 minutes and 43.6 seconds of totality. We will use this page to share information about how our community is preparing. In the meantime, you can learn more about the eclipse through these resources:​

Texas Eclipse path through Texas