Solar Eclipse! | Department of Physics – Astronomy Education Program

Solar Eclipse!

2023 and 2024 will be bringing us two exciting solar eclipses. The total solar eclipse coming to North Texas on April 8th wil be the first total solar eclipse in North Texas in 145 years. The next one won't occur for in our area for another 294 years! So this will truly be a once in a lifetime event, that you can experience here at home.

We will update more on the April 8th total solar eclipse soon. In the meantime, UNT will be hosting two events for the upcoming partial solar eclipse on Saturday October 14. One event is completely free to the public and will take place on UNT's main campus. You can find out more on that event here. We will also be holding an event at our Rafes Urban Astronomy Center Observatory which will include viewing the eclipse through a varity of telecopses. This includes telescopes with hydrogen alpha filters which will allow you to see solar activity! You can find all the information you need on that event from the flier and information below. Hope to see you there!!!

Ticket Sales: Start at 10:30am, late arrivals welcome

Event: Runs from 10:30am-1:30pm, max eclipse (80% coverage) occurs at 11:51am.

Total Eclipse Duration: 3 hours and 5 minutes

Parking: We will have limited parking available in grass lot next to the RUAC which we expect to fill up fast. Overflow parking may park on the shoulder of Tom Cole Road. Traveling past the RUAC is the best bet there, Tom Cole extends further and eventually dead ends but there are no homes that you would be parking in front of there.

​Chairs and Blankets: Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to set up to view the eclipse. There's a plenty of space on the southwest lawn of the RUAC. We'll have limited seating.

Activities:

  • FREE Solar Eclipse Glasses with the purchase of a ticket - Don't view the solar eclipse without them
  • Lots of telescopes set up to view eclipse
  • Sun Spotters that project the eclipse for kids
  • Pin hole camera's
  • Hydrogen-Alpha telescope view of eclipse - see solar activity and the eclipse!
  • Solar Eclipse Education
  • Photo Ops with large telescopes
  • Mellow Mushroom Pizza confirmed
  • Coming soon, we will have a page with

For more information, email skytheater@unt.edu or call 940-369-8213.

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Information on the April 8th Total Solar Eclipse Coming soon.