Enjoying the 2017 Eclipse

Eclipse excitement has moved through Arlington! On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will move across North America. Arlington isn’t in the part of the total solar eclipse, where the sun is entirely shadowed by the moon. You can still enjoy viewing the partial eclipse, though! Read on for more information about the eclipse and ways to safely view it.

What is an eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking part of the sun from view for up to three hours. A total solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the entire sun from view. The sun will be dark in the sky for a few minutes in the path of totality. Texas is not in the path of totality, but we will see a partial eclipse! Up to 75% of the sun will be covered. Look outside between 11:40 a.m. and 2:39 p.m. on August 21 to see the darkened skies of the eclipse.

Safe eclipse viewing

The eclipse is an exciting celestial event, but remember to protect your vision! NASA reminds us to never look directly at the sun, even during an partial eclipse. Instead, try one of these ways to safely view the eclipse.

  • Solar Eclipse Glasses ISO 12312-2 rated eclipse glasses and hand-held solar filters allow you to safely look at the sun during an eclipse. The American Astronomical Society states that sunglasses or homemade devices do not offer enough eye protection.
  • Make a Pinhole Projector If you have a box at home, you can view the eclipse with a pinhole projector! This easy DIY project lets you view the eclipse in a safe manner.
  • Other DIY Viewers Learn about sun funnels for telescopes, solar viewing projectors, and other projects you can make with simple materials.

The Arlington Public Library does not have eclipse glasses. Check with local retailers to see if they have ISO 12312-2 rated glasses available for purchase; or see below for a list of local eclipse viewing parties.

Local eclipse events

This is a list of area events where you can view the eclipse. Contact each organization to learn more about these events, including whether they’ll have viewing glasses available.

When’s the next eclipse?

The next eclipse visible from the continental U.S. will be on October 14, 2023. And while this year’s total eclipse isn’t visible from Texas, we will see one in 2024! A total solar eclipse will pass from Texas to Maine on April 8, 2024. Learn more about eclipses at NASA.