Killeen, Texas and all of Bell County fit nicely into the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse that will be happening on April 8, 2024. A massive influx of people are expected to view the eclipse here in Central Texas due to our favorable anticipated weather forecast, and adequate space that Bell County has already declared a state of emergency with the population likely to be at least doubled, if not tripled by the number of eclipse enthusiasts.

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What is a total solar eclipse?

A total solar eclipse is when our Sun is completely obstructed by the passing Moon as viewed from Earth. Only if you are on the path totality is it safe to temporarily remove protective eyewear and look up at the eclipse, which is why potentially millions are expected to travel to Texas for this event.

What Time Is The Full Texas Solar Eclipse?

The eclipse will officially begin at 12:19 PM and reach the point of totality at 1:37 PM for a full blockage of the sun for 3 minutes and 45 seconds. That means you are going to want to arrive in your viewing location well ahead of noon, and get set up for the event to begin shortly after.

One of the neatest parts of witnessing the full solar eclipse is during totality, you will be able to see the sun's corona which is normally obscured by the sheer radiating power of the sun's surface. My house is expecting a few guests to enjoy the eclipse with my family, and imagine we are not alone in becoming incredibly popular once word of a once in a lifetime cosmic event was literally happening in our backyard.

If you would like to enjoy the eclipse with one of the largest gathering in Texas, you can attend the viewing at McLane Stadium on Baylor University's campus.

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