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Solar Eclipse 2024

Time in Totality

The total time of totality in Cleburne will be 3 minutes and 44 seconds. The eclipse will begin at 12:21pm reaching totality at 1:39pm and ending around 2:00pm.


What does totality Mean when talking about the solar eclipse?
During the phase of a total solar eclipse known as totality, the moon completely covers the sun. Just prior to this phase, as the amount of sunlight decreases and the sky begins to darken, it may be possible to observe several stars and planets in the sky.

What are some tips for observing a Total Solar Eclipse?
1. Eye Protection: Protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation by using specially designed eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient! Ensure your glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for viewing solar eclipses.
2. Indirect Viewing Methods: If you don't have access to eclipse glasses, there are alternative safe viewing methods. Create a pinhole projector with cardboard or use a colander to create a shadow on the ground. These methods allow you to observe the eclipse indirectly, preventing eye damage.
3. Photograph Safely: If you're capturing the eclipse on camera, ensure your equipment is equipped with a solar filter. Never look through the viewfinder of a camera, telescope, or binoculars without proper eye protection.

How to Prepare for a Total Solar Eclipse?
1. Be Prepared: Plan ahead for the eclipse viewing by selecting a suitable viewing location ahead of time. Arrive early to secure your spot and avoid last-minute rush. Fill-up your gas tank several days prior to viewing to ensure you can get where you are going with a significant increase and delays in traffic that day anticipated.
2. Stay Aware of Surroundings: While it's easy to get lost in the awe-inspiring beauty of a solar eclipse, remember to stay aware of your surroundings. Watch your step, especially if you're in a crowded area or unfamiliar terrain. Be mindful of traffic if you're on the move.
3. Weather: The great thing is that we have great interstates and backroads in Texas. Cleburne is one of the better weather locations along the path of the Eclipse. Average weather in April is mid to high 70's during the day.

Can animals be affected by a Total Solar Eclipse?
Animals are sensitive to changes in light and during Solar Eclipses, you’ll see them exhibit behaviors associated with sunset. Birds will go to roost, cows head to the barn, crickets start singing and nocturnal animals become active. Your pets may do the same.

Which Businesses in Cleburne will have a watching Party?
Click here to see the list of events

Where can I park to watch the Solar Eclipse?
Click here to view a map of parking in Cleburne

Downtown Cleburne businesses that will be open on April 8th?
Click here to see a list of businesses in Downtown Cleburne

Anything else I should Know?
1. Cleburne is anticipating many visitors
2. Expect traffic and pack drinks, snacks & your patience
3. Cell Phone service may be impacted by network traffic

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