Total Solar Eclipse Viewing

April 8, 2024 | Sonora, Texas


2024 Event Details

  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Sonora, Texas
  • Monday, April 8, 2024
  • Begins at 12:13pm CDT, Ends at 2:53pm CDT (times are approximate)

Calling all astronomy enthusiasts...join us April 8th, 2024 in Sonora, Texas to view the incredible upcoming total solar eclipse. Located along the optimal viewing path for this extraordinary event, Sonora offers not only a prime location, but plenty of unique viewing venues, associated events, and ample lodging and dining options.

According to NASA:

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will become dark, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can momentarily remove their eclipse glasses (which are not the same as regular sunglasses). It is only safe to remove your eclipse glasses during what’s known as totality, the brief period of time when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun.

Weather - You need clear skies to have the full eclipse experience, with a clear view of the Sun and Moon. However, the eerie daytime darkness associated with eclipses is still noticeable with cloud cover.

Location - To see all stages of a total solar eclipse, you must view it from somewhere along the path of totality: the locations on Earth from which the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun.

Eclipse Countdown

The April 8, 2024 eclipse begins at approximately 12:13pm CDT and reaches its maximum at 1:32pm CDT. (via Time and Date)


Where to View

Choose Your Venue

Located along the path of maximum obscurity, Sonora, Texas offers plenty of excellent viewing locations. Bring your lawn chairs to view at the County Park, Eaton Hill Nature Center and Preserve, or our world-famous Caverns of Sonora.  Learn more about each location by making a selection below.

** Check back soon for details regarding special eclipse events to be offered at several of our locations. 

Sutton County Park

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this one of a kind event with an unobstructed view from the Sutton County Park!

Eaton Hill Nature Center & Preserve

Enjoy spectacular views of the eclipse and of Sonora from the hilltop vistas of Eaton Hill Nature Center and Preserve.

Caverns of Sonora

Surprise yourself with a stunning subterranean show cave! Experience the world famous Caverns of Sonora.

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