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San Angelo ISD to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8

An infographic about solar eclipses which gives fun facts for kids
San Angelo ISD to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. 

Start of the eclipse for San Angelo will begin at 12:15pm and end at 2:55pm. Maximum eclipse will take place at 1:34 pm. Spectators in the San Angelo area will observe 97.9% obscuration of the Sun during this time.  

For an interactive map of the path of totality and exact times for a specific area, spectators may use this link to the NASA eclipse webpage.

Since the total eclipse occurs on a school day, San Angelo ISD will provide viewing glasses for students and staff to safely view this incredible phenomenon. Please ensure your child is in attendance to participate in engaging school-based activities.

San Angelo ISD extends a special thanks to Angelo State University, ESC Region 15 (in partnership with ASU), the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Buc-cees for donating the eclipse glasses for safe viewing for our students and staff. 

Eclipse Safety

There are many safety guidelines to follow when viewing a solar eclipse. According to the NASA website, you should abide by the following during an eclipse:

  • Inspect eclipse glasses or handheld viewer
    • If torn, scratched or damaged, discard the device 
  • ALWAYS supervise children using solar viewers
  • Concentrated solar rays will burn through optical device filters and cause serious eye injury. DO NOT look at the sun through the following devices:  
    • Camera lens
    • Telescope
    • Binoculars
    • Other optical device

For further information on observing a solar eclipse without risking your eyes, you can visit the American Astronomical Society's webpage dedicated to eye safety: "How to Safely View a Solar Eclipse."

Eclipse Informational Websites

  • NASA's SpacePlace - Lunar and Solar Eclipses:
    • To learn more about lunar eclipses and solar eclipses, go to NASA’s SpacePlace
  • Exploratorium - Science of Solar Eclipses:
    • Check out Exploratorium to learn the science behind a Solar Eclipse. 
  • Exploratorium - Annular vs. Total Solar Eclipses:
    • What’s the difference between an annular solar eclipse and a total solar eclipse? Visit Exploratorium to find out!
  • NASA's Solar System Exploration - Total Solar Eclipse Insights: