Thomsen Observatory Stages Viewing Party for Upcoming Solar Eclipse

Thomsen Observatory Stages Viewing Party for Upcoming Solar Eclipse

The Thomsen Observatory and Southwestern Adventist University will host a viewing party for the solar eclipses set for Oct. 14 and in the spring of 2024.

According to Jerry Becker, the observational manager of the Thomsen Observatory, Oct. 14 will be an annular eclipse with an anticipated 85 percent coverage in the DFW area.

“There are two kinds of solar eclipses,” explains Becker. There is an annular and a total eclipse. Annular is when the moon is further away from the earth. There is a ring of the sun around the edge of the moon.” The total eclipse, however, will totally cover the sun.

The second eclipse during the spring will be a total solar eclipse. It will occur on Monday, April 8 from 12:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.

According to Becker, people are more excited about a total rather than an annular because it gets dark on Earth. There will not be another total eclipse until 2045, making this a rare event.

Thomsen Observatory will be open for both eclipses and viewing parties will be held there.

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