On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible in North America for the first time since 2017. The eclipse can be seen in Williamson County between 12:18 p.m. to 2:58 p.m. with maximum totality at 1:37 p.m.
Williamson County's River Ranch County Park, will have a viewing event. The Friends of River Ranch County Park is planning an opportunity to share with park visitors the experience of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Just like the October Eclipse Event, the Friends will have experts on hand to provide educational information about the eclipse. There will also be hands-on activities, viewing equipment, and refreshments available for a relaxing and enjoyable once in a lifetime event. This will all take place on the front lawn of the Interpretive Center. Keep a watch out for more information at www.friendsofriverranch.org. The park will close to incoming traffic if/when the park reaches capacity. Day use park fee is required.
Williamson County Schedule
Total solar eclipse visible (100.00% coverage of the Sun)
Times shown in local time (CDT)
- Magnitude: 1.0083
- Duration: 2h, 40m, 44s
- Duration of totality: 3m, 6s
- Partial begins: April 8, 2024 at 12:18:08 pm
- Full begins: April 8, 2024 at 1:36:21 pm
- Maximum: April 8, 2024 at 1:37:54 pm
- Full ends: April 8, 2024 at 1:39:27 pm
- Partial ends: April 8, 2024 at 2:58:52 pm
During a total solar eclipse, you should use specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. The only time it is safe to look at a total eclipse without eclipse gasses is during the brief period of “totality” when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. Multiple local libraries are distributing free eclipse glasses. Do not look at the eclipse through a camera lens, telescope or binoculars. For more eclipse eye safety tips, visit NASA Science website.
- Do not stop on road shoulders to view the eclipse.
- The Texas Department of Transportation advises that due to an increase in traffic and visitors coming through Central Texas to view the eclipse, residents should limit travel on major roadways on Monday, April 8, 2024. For information on Texas state road conditions, visit drivetexas.org.
- Do not schedule appointments for April 8 that can be planned for another day to limit travel.
- Plan ahead for possible travel delays, consider carpooling and give extra time to get to your destination before and after the eclipse. Keep an emergency kit in your car.
- Fill up on gas, food and essential items prior to the eclipse as visitors to the area will affect available inventories.
- Create a family communication plan if cell phone service is impacted due to a large number of people overloading cellular provider towers.
- If you have an emergency and need first responders but are having difficulty calling 9-1-1, try calling from a landline, using another phone with a different carrier or if you are connected to Wi-Fi, switch to Wi-Fi calling.