How to View the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Austin

The incredible stellar event passed over Central Texas in April 2024

Thanks for joining us in Austin to witness the Great American Eclipse on April 8, 2024! Learn more about Solar Eclipses, and plan a future trip to Austin today!

Eclipse FAQs

What is a solar eclipse?Partial solar eclipse graphic
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking some or all of the sun to earth’s surface.

What type of eclipse is it?
The 2024 eclipse over Austin was a total eclipse. During a total eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun. Even though the sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, the distance between each solar body creates the illusion that they’re the same size in the sky when viewed from earth.

When will the eclipse be visible in Austin?
The eclipse was visible throughout the Hill Country from 1:32 pm - 1:41 pm CST on April 8, 2024. Austin locals and visitors experienced about 1 minute and 46 seconds of the total solar eclipse at 1:36 pm CST. 

Map of Austin and surrounding Texas Hill Country in the path of totality for the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Safety & Recommended Resources

While preparing for a solar eclipse, it’s important to keep safety in mind. From confirming you’re equipped with proper eyewear to getting to your viewing destination, here are a few tips to keep you safe. 

With the exception of the brief moments during totality where the moon completely blocks the sun, it is crucial that viewers use approvedBat Graphic eye protection when viewing the eclipse. For additional information on eye safety while viewing the eclipse check out these resources: National Eclipse, NASA, American Astronomical Society

A total solar eclipse is expected to attract a substantial amount of visitors to regions experiencing totality, therefore roadway congestion and delays are probable. To ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible, be sure to arrive at your viewing location early and consider sticking around after the eclipse to avoid traffic. Just to be safe, plan to fill up your gas tank and pack extra food and water in the car in the event you get stuck in road delays. Find more safety tips here.

Eclipse glasses were available for purchase at the Austin Visitor Center for $1.99 each or buy six get one free. These glasses conform to and meet the Transmission Requirements of ISO 12312-2, Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun. Made in the USA. You can also purchase online here.

Book Your Trip

Looking to plan an awesome trip around the eclipse? Find Solar Eclipse visitor informationhotels and places to stay, attractions, and daily events on our website. For deals and discounts related to the eclipse see below.