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North Texans are anticipating a celestial spectacle as a solar eclipse graces the region. On April 8th, the moon will position itself strategically between the Earth and the Sun, casting a captivating shadow that will sweep across the sky. This cosmic event is eagerly welcomed by both seasoned astronomers and casual sky gazers alike since a similar alignment isn’t expected in North America until August 2045 and in our region until June 2169!

Observers in the Celina area can expect a near totality, where the moon will cover almost all of the Sun. The moon begins its brief journey across the Sun at about 12:24PM with the peak of the eclipse, known as maximum obscuration, projected to occur at approximately 1:42PM. The Sun will return to its normal glory by around 3:02PM so make sure you are in position to witness the traverse in time.

A unique opportunity to view this historic event is being hosted by the Weston Heritage Guild at the Chambersville Methodist Church in McKinney. As fate would have it, an antique 1870s telescope used by local farmer and amateur astronomer, H.S. Moore, was recently uncovered. This same telescope was used to document the 1878 total eclipse over North Texas! The telescope will be on display allowing the public to connect with our local heritage while enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Regardless of where you choose to view the eclipse, safety precautions are crucial during any solar observation as looking directly at the sun can cause severe eye damage, even during a totality. Specialized solar viewing glasses, or solar viewers, are essential to protect one's eyes while witnessing this extraordinary phenomenon. At some of our local events, enthusiasts are providing the public with access to telescopes equipped with solar filters giving the best opportunity to safely witness this incredible spectacle.

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