Bring Your Lawn Chair to Watch the Eclipse on April 8

Hey Wildcats! Do you know what’s happening on April 8, 2024? Brace yourselves for a total solar eclipse! This rare event occurs every 18 months or so when the moon passes through the path of the Earth and sun, completely blocking the face of the sun, and covering Earth in total darkness for a few minutes. The coolest thing is that the sky starts to darken, almost like sunset, letting us know that the eclipse is approaching. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!! 

The best view we have learned from researchers is actually going to be the southwestern region of the North America, more specifically Texas and Mexico. The last time we had a view like this here in San Antonio of a total solar eclipse was back in 1397! According to NASA, the United Sates of America will not see another total eclipse until 2044, where the totality will only be seen from three states: Montana, North and South Dakota. 

The total eclipse is scheduled to begin around 12:15 pm central time and is expected to end by approximately 2:55 pm, as it moves across the United States. The maximum totality period is expected to last for about 4.5 minutes and will occur around 1:34 pm central time. The path of the eclipse originates in Texas and Mexico and extends towards the northeast, eventually concluding in Maine. 

You are invited to a spectacular event where you can witness a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, on our campus. NVC will hold classes remotely on April 8 to ensure that everyone can enjoy this celestial phenomenon safely. The viewing party will be held over by the Cedar Elm STEM Center (CESC) building, where telescopes and other items will be displayed to enhance your viewing experience. The event will take place in lot 6, around the CESC, Huisache Hall, and Juniper buildings. Please feel free to bring lawn chairs to make yourself comfortable. We hope you will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and join us for this unforgettable experience. 

See solar eclipse YouTube playlist from NVC faculty, Josh Alquiza.

By NVC Student Mary Taft