If you are someone who likes to observe natural phenomena every chance you get, you are in for a treat in April 2024, when a total solar eclipse will be visible over North America. This won’t happen again until 2044, so, if seeing a total solar eclipse is of interest or importance to you, you may want to start making arrangements at an RV park for next year!
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sunlight entirely. It will be as dark outside during the total solar eclipse as it would be at dawn or dusk, only it will be midday. The entire eclipse should take a little less than three hours.
The total solar eclipse will be visible over North America in April 2024. The path of the eclipse will travel from southwest to northeast, starting over Mexico and coming to completion on the Atlantic Coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
The eclipse will take place between approximately 12:30 and 3:00 pm CDT in the Texas area on Monday, April 8, 2024. If you are in a different part of the country, see the eclipse’s timetable here to find out when you should be outside to view it.
Don’t be like Taylor Swift and stare directly at the sun. During a solar eclipse, you need to protect your eyes while you view as staring directly at the eclipse can cause eye injury. You can view the solar eclipse by making a pinhole camera or viewing box at home with standard household materials or purchase a pair of solar eclipse viewers from a reputable source. It is important that you not try to view the eclipse through sunglasses, a camera phone, a telescope or other similar object as you could severely injure your eyes.
Total solar eclipses over North America aren’t actually that common. In fact, between 2001 and 2050, only 6 solar eclipses have been or will be visible over North America. The last one was in 2017 and, after next year’s total eclipse, the next one won’t be visible until 2044. If you enjoy traveling to other continents, there will be opportunities to see total solar eclipses before 2044, when one will again be visible over North America. In fact, parts of Europe and Africa will have multiple total solar eclipses before North America gets another one. Because total solar eclipses are somewhat rare, they are worth viewing when they do come around!
If you were looking for an excuse to book a long weekend away, this is it! Take Monday, April 8, off of work and escape to the country, where your view of the sky will be wide-open and clear so you can view the total solar eclipse unobstructed. In Texas, your perfect spot is the quiet and relaxing Hill Country getaway Parkview Riverside RV Park. This park offers low rates, community spaces, room to roam and is adjacent to the popular Garner State Park. Parkview is now taking reservations for next year’s total solar eclipse, so book now before they are sold out for this exciting event.