Mark your calendars now! On April 8, 2024, most of Central Texas will be in the direct line to witness a total solar eclipse. Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Astronomy Department prepares you for this extremely rare event.

Watch the video below to hear from ACC Expert Dr. Michael Endl, ACC Physics associate professor, on what to expect.

Total solar eclipses are rare and can only be seen from certain parts of the Earth, and they last for only a few minutes at most. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the entire disk of the Sun and casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface.

The Astronomy Department is planning a series of events leading up to the event. Check back here for more information. Almost all ACC campuses will be in the direct path of the total solar eclipse.

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