Graphics: Here’s our Texas path of totality map for the April 8 total solar eclipse

On April 8, the total eclipse will darken a swath of Texas for about 22 minutes as it crosses from the Rio Grande to the Red River.

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Dallas Morning News’ coverage of the 2024 total solar eclipse. For more, visit

The 2024 total solar eclipse will sweep across North America on Monday, April 8. About 31 million Americans – and 12 million Texans – live in the path of totality, or the area where that will experience total darkness.


Where can people see the eclipse in Texas?

Solar eclipses are only visible at specific locations. Several Texas cities will be in the path of totality, including Dallas, most of Fort Worth, Waco, Temple, most of Austin and parts of San Antonio. Denton is mostly outside the path of totality.

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Where can people see the eclipse in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?

Here’s a map that shows the path of totality across North Texas, plus the estimated duration of total darkness.


What will the rest of Texas see?

Most of North America not in the path of totality will experience a partial eclipse. At least 75% of the sun will be obscured throughout Texas, and the partial eclipse will last about 2 ½ hours.


What causes an eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and sun, casting a shadow that can partially or totally block the sun’s light.

How long will the eclipse last?

The amount of time spent in darkness depends on distance from the center line of the eclipse.

Most of Dallas will see between 3 ½ and 4 minutes of totality. A small part of southeast Denton will have only about 10 seconds. Prior to totality and afterward, the Dallas area will experience a partial eclipse beginning about 12:20 p.m. and ending about 3 p.m.


Adithi Ramakrishnan contributed reporting.

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