Solar Eclipse Preparedness
Central Texas is preparing for the upcoming total solar eclipse happening on April 8.
The event is drawing significant attention, with numerous visitors expected to arrive in the city to observe this rare celestial occurrence.
The next total solar eclipse that can be seen from the contiguous United States will be on August 23, 2044.
When will the Eclipse Be Visible in Cedar Park, Texas?
The eclipse will be visible throughout the Hill Country from 1:32 pm - 1:41 pm CST on April 8, 2024. Cedar Park will experience about 1 minute and 46 seconds of the total solar eclipse at 1:35.43 pm CST. For a simulation of the eclipse time specific to Cedar Park, Texas, visit eclipse2024.org.
What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow over parts of the Earth and blocking the face of the Sun for observers in those locations.
- Familiarize yourself with the eclipse timeline. The total solar eclipse in Cedar Park will experience about 1 minute and 46 seconds of the total solar eclipse at 1:35.43 pm CST.
- Schedule errands and appointments 2-3 days prior to the eclipse to beat the crowds. This includes grocery shopping, doctor/dentist appointments, picking up prescriptions, and banking needs, as visitors to the area will affect available inventories.
- Fill up your gas tank a few days prior to the event to avoid possible long lines.
Eye safety during a total solar eclipse is crucial to prevent damage to your eyes. Staring directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness. Here are some guidelines to ensure eye safety during a total solar eclipse:
Remember that protecting your eyes during a total solar eclipse is of the utmost importance. Follow these guidelines to enjoy the celestial event safely and without risking damage to your vision.
To Learn more safety tips visit the NASA Eclipse Safety website.
- Expect increased traffic as visitors flock to Cedar Park for the eclipse. Consider carpooling or using public transportation to ease congestion.
- If possible, walk or bike to your preferred viewing spot to avoid parking challenges.
- For information on Texas state road conditions, visit drivetexas.org.
- Be mindful of emergency services. With increased crowds, staying vigilant and aware of your surroundings is important.
- Ensure you have essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen and any necessary medications, especially if you plan to spend an extended time outdoors.
- Know when to call 911 (true emergencies) and have the non-emergency phone number for Cedar Park Police Department (512-260-4600 x0) programmed into your phone ahead of time.
- Overnight parking is prohibited in all City parks.
- City parks will be open during normal operating hours.
- Arrive at your destination well before the eclipse event.
- Do not take photographs, attempt to watch the event while driving, or stop on road shoulders.
- The City of Cedar Park will not have any viewing events