2017 Solar Eclipse
On Aug. 21, 2017, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.
The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide.
Lara Eakins, program coordinator for the Department of Astronomy at The University of Texas, said, "We're going to get a partial eclipse, so it won't be completely dark this time around. Roughly 70 percent of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon."
Though Texas may not be in the path of totality where the total solar eclipse can be viewed, NASA says Texas and everyone else in North America will still be able to experience at least a partial eclipse.
Eakins said that in Austin, the partial eclipse will begin around 11:41 a.m. and will end at 2:39 p.m. She said the peak of the event will take place around 1:10 p.m. And as long as there is nothing obstructing your field of view, she said the eclipse can be viewed from just about anywhere in the Austin area.
Join your colleagues and their guests as we celebrate this rare solar eclipse event. From our location in Austin, we'll be able to see a pretty impressive partial eclipse around 1:10 p.m.
We'll have lots of food and games planned, but reach out to Susan, Rhett, Anna, or Richie if you'd like to get more involved.
All TRA staff are invited and encouraged to attend. Additionally, feel free to invite your spouse, partner, or guest to come with you.
Catering, Moon Pies, Banana Pudding, Blue Moon beer, and more!
Washer Toss, Cornhole, Giant Jenga
Bring your best skills to our Tin Foil Hat contest! Judges announced soon.
Wear your picnic best!