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Chasing Shadows

Total Solar Eclipse Passes over Dripping Springs

WHO: A total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the U.S., and Canada.

WHAT: The moon is passing between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun.

WHEN: On April 8, 2024 a partial eclipse will begin at 12:17 p.m. Total eclipse peaks at 1:37 p.m. and partial ends at 2:58 p.m.

WHERE: Dripping Springs

- The temperature can drop up to 10 degrees depending on clouds and humidity.
- Duration of totality in Dripping Springs: 1 minute, 44 seconds
- Towns close to maximum time at totality (3 to 4 minutes): Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Lampasas
- Some estimates say that a total solar eclipse is visible every 400 years from any one place.
- According to NASA, after this year’s eclipse, the next total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. will be on August 23, 2044.
- Nocturnal wildlife can sometimes get confused with the brief darkness, causing them to think it’s time to wake up.

FREQUENCY: There are two to five solar eclipses each year, with a total solar eclipse happening somewhere on Earth every 18 months.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: The eclipse glasses used in the 2017 eclipse are expired. Those planning to view the eclipse must invest in a new pair. The glasses used in the October 2023 annular eclipse are still viable if not damaged or scratched. 

  • Meteorologist Kristen Currie