What is the path of totality?
This is the only place where you will be able to fully experience the total solar eclipse – it is projected to be 60-70 miles wide. This image below shows the path of totality in Oregon, the closer you are to the center blue line the longer totality will last. Note that Dallas is right above the center line!
How do I view the eclipse?
Carefully! It is never safe to look at the sun’s bright disk (called its photosphere) with your naked eyes. This means that the ONLY time your eyes should not be covered by something (glasses, a telescope, etc.) is during the 1 minute and 57 seconds of absolute totality that we will experience in Dallas. So if you want to watch before and after the moon is completely obscuring the sun, use protection!!
Now that that’s settled, remember to enjoy the eclipse! Seeing a total solar eclipse is a truly unique experience – people who have experienced totality describe it as immersive, overwhelming, stunning, and awe-inspiring. For more on the mental and psychological effects of the eclipse experience, check out this link on Dr. Kate Russo’s website – she’s a professional psychologist and eclipse chaser, and has some great stuff to share.
Okay, I’ll cover my eyes… but with what?
Glasses! The City of Dallas has ordered lots of special eclipse viewing glasses (with our very own Dallas Eclipse logo on them). If you are receiving a Dallas Eclipse Visitor’s Packet, you’ll get a pair of glasses with that. If not, look for glasses being sold in many of Dallas’ businesses or contact the City directly. OR – order your own right here.
What will the weather be like?
By all accounts, nice, warm, and not raining! Since Dallas is inland from the coast, we won’t be getting the cloudiness you might expect over there. Eclipse experts have been tracking the weather in Dallas on August 21st for quite a few years now, and here’s what they’ve come up with:
The image shows average precipitation in Oregon during August from 1981-2010 in mm. Green means heavier precipitation; orange means lighter. Dallas is right in the middle of the two red lines (area the eclipse covers) on the left-most end of the orange-brown section. Interested in learning more about projected weather for Eclipse Day? Visit this great website, where we got that precipitation map.
How long will the eclipse last?
1 minute and 57 seconds. It goes fast, so be sure to be ready for it at start time (10:17am) and have your glasses on you!