Join us for a 4-day event leading up to this once-in-a-lifetime event!
A Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun
Mark your Calendars: Saturday, October 14, 2023 & Monday, April 8, 2024.
On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross North America. Six months later, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross the continent.
-For both events, #tylertx will be a premier viewing destination.
-The 2024 eclipse will be the first total eclipse that has been visible in Tyler since 1878.
-This will be the last total eclipse of the millennium visible in Tyler.
Join Cindy Smoak and co-host Sheridan Smith as they visit with Beau Hartweg, Director of the Tyler Junior College Earth and Space Science Center featuring the Hudnall planetarium.
Beau visits with the Rambling Roses about the partial eclipse happening in Tyler, October 14, 2023 and the total eclipse on April 8, 2024.
This is an exciting podcast geared toward this fantastic event.
Use this at-a-glance guide to understand the differences between the two eclipses.
Total solar eclipse: A total solar eclipse is visible from a small area on Earth. The sky becomes very dark as if it were night. For a total eclipse to occur, the Sun, Moon, and Earth must be in a direct line.
Annular solar eclipse: An annular eclipse happens when the Moon is farthest from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away, it seems smaller and it does not block the entire view of the Sun, creating a ring around the Moon.
Hang your own Eclipse Poster Today
As you may know, Tyler is on the path to the 2024 Solar Eclipse. Visit Tyler has created a poster for you to be able to hang somewhere to grab people’s attention about the 4-day weekend that will be happening in Tyler. Visit Tyler’s goal is that it will encourage visitors to come to Tyler to view the Eclipse. If you would like a poster (pictured on the above) email email@example.com.
TJC Earth and Space Science Center Featuring Hudnall Planetarium
TJC Earth and Space Science Center Featuring Hudnall Planetarium is located at 1411 E Lake St, Tyler, TX, United States, Texas, (903) 510-2312 on the Tyler Jr. College campus. More info: sciencecenter.tjc.edu. Email: Beau.Hartweg@tjc.edu.
A Few Facts
What will I see?
A total solar eclipse produces a 360-degree sunset, dark enough to see planets, bright stars and the sun’s corona.
How do I see the full effect?
You must be in the “path of totality” which includes Tyler, Texas. **Important note. Not all of Tyler is in the path. See the map.
How long will the eclipse last?
Total Eclipse in April 2024 – Approximately 2.5 hours with 2 minutes of totality.
Partial Eclipse in October 2023 – Approximately 3 hours from start to finish.
How can I safely view the eclipse?
The only safe way of looking directly at the sun, whether during a solar eclipse or otherwise, is through certified solar filters. These special filters are used in “eclipse glasses.” This does NOT include sunglasses.
Extra Special for a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
During a total solar eclipse, you can take your glasses off and look directly at the sun during the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun -known as the “period of totality.” But, remember to put your glasses back on to protect your eyes as the period of totality ends and the event returns to a partial eclipse phase.
Stay tuned for a list of places to purchase glasses.
Other ways to view the eclipse…
-BINOCULARS/TELESCOPE Safe to use when paired with solar filters, or when projecting onto white cardboard.
-Make a safe sun projector to watch solar eclipses: Materials: Binoculars or a telescope, tripod, duct tape, sheet of white paper, cardboard.
What is a total eclipse?
For a total eclipse to occur, the sun, moon, and Earth must be in a direct line. A total solar eclipse is visible from a small area on Earth. The moon covers up the sun, causing the sky to become very dark as if it were night.
In order to see the full effect of the total solar eclipse, you must be in the “Path of Totality.” If you are outside of that path, you will see a partial eclipse.