The best viewing spots for the 2024 solar eclipse in Fort Worth

Don’t miss the amazing spectacle — DFW won’t be in a solar eclipse’s path of totality again until 2317.

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Check out these prime viewing spots for the total solar eclipse on April 8. | Photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Grab your glasses — on Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America. Most of North Texas is in the path of totality, giving residents the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the moon block the sun for just a few minutes.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow that can partially or totally block the sun’s light. DFW witnessed a partial eclipse in October known as the “ring of fire,” but the total eclipse in April promises to be even more awe-inspiring.

During totality — or the time when the moon appears to cover the sun — daylight will dim, and stars could be visible in the midday sky.

In Fort Worth, the moon will begin to cover the sun around 12:23 p.m., with totality beginning around 1:40 p.m. and ending about three minutes later.

The moon will then move away from the sun, with the spectacle ending around 3:02 p.m. Exact timing will depend on location.

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The total solar eclipse path crosses from Mexico, through the United States from Texas to Maine, and up through Canada. | Graphic via NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

Where can I watch it?

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | $0-$16 | Watch the spectacle from the museum’s lawn with unobstructed views, take part in family-friendly eclipse activities, and enjoy a performance from the Navy Band Southeast Brass Quintet.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | $0-$12 | Immerse yourself in nature as the moon dances across the sun. For guests who do not want to participate in solar eclipse activities, there will be a free viewing area outside of the Garden Center.

The Crescent Fort Worth Hotel | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Rates vary | Grab a pair of glasses from the hotel’s lobby + scoot across to the street to the Kimbell Art Museum lawn to watch the celestial event. Then, head to The Circle Bar for a social hour with exclusive specialty cocktails + live music. Bonus: Pre-order a charcuterie board for an eclipse-viewing treat.

For total solar eclipse safety information visit Safety – NASA Science.

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