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2024 Total Eclipse

young boy wearing eclipse viewing glasses

Monday, April 8

On Monday, April 8, North America will experience a total solar eclipse, and because of the moon's path, North Texas is positioned to witness one of the best possible views of the eclipse.

Prior to the day of the eclipse, students will have time to learn more about the science of the eclipse. Depending on the grade level and content, lessons will be shared with teachers to use with their students to explore this phenomenon.

The total solar eclipse is a rare occasion. The next one visible in North America will occur in 2044 and will be visible only in Western Canada, Montana and North Dakota. Because of the moon's path, witnessing a total solar eclipse in North Texas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Eye Safety

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses. To provide students and staff with the ability to watch the event free of harm to the eyes, special eclipse glasses will be provided to every student and staff member thanks to the support of local businesses and organizations.

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation graciously donated more than 25,000 glasses for NISD students.  Along with NEF, The Perot Museum, Houston Museum of Science and History and Jolley Orthodontics donated additional viewers, which provide the ability for everyone to safely view the solar eclipse in advance of totality occurring and throughout this historic experience.

Countdown to Total Eclipse

Eclipse Countdown

12:23 p.m. - Partial Viewing Begins
1:42 p.m. - Maximum Totality
3:02 p.m. - Partial Viewing Ends

Helpful Links

  1. NASA: Total Eclipse Overview
  2. American Astronomical Society: How to view a solar eclipse safely
  3. Exploratorium: Featuring Live Streams
  4. Eclipse 2024: General Information

Video Resources

  1. Fort Worth Astronomical Society:
    Staying Safe During the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th, 2024
  2. National Geographic: 
    Solar Eclipse 101

If you do not want your child to go outside to view the eclipse, please complete, sign and submit this form by April 5, 2024, to opt out.

Opt-Out Form