How much of the solar eclipse will southeast Texas see?

Will the 2017 total solar eclipse be visible in Victoria TX?

Bonnie Tyler sang about a total eclipse of her heart, and on August 21, 2017, you can sing about a total eclipse of the sun! For the first time since 1979, the United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse. The sun will not be completely covered unless you are in a direct path that cuts the country virtually in half from the northwest to the southeast, with prime viewing to be found in parts of Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky. Will the 2017 total solar eclipse be visible in Victoria TX? Read ahead for the details.

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diagram showing how a solar eclipse worksCoverage of the sun in our area

While prime viewing may be to the north of us, the entire country will still be able to see some of the sun disappear beneath the shadow of the moon. Here in Victoria, we will get to see approximately 60 percent of the sun covered, which will still make for quite a sight during the day! 

Solar eclipses occur because, from our angular perspective, the moon coincidentally appears the same size as the sun. While the sun is 400 times wider than the moon, it also happens to be 400 times farther away from us than the moon, making them appear to be the same size to us earthlings.

Tips for viewing the eclipse safely

It is a known fact that you should never look directly at the sun, and that remains true even when a significant portion of it is covered up. Even if only a sliver of the sun is visible, that sliver can damage your eyes if you look right at it. If you do intend to view this eclipse, be sure to do so using a quality filter or viewing device. Regular sunglasses won’t do the trick, and neither will looking through your phone, unless your phone has a proper filter for it. NASA has linked to this page of reputable eclipse viewing devices for you to use. NASA has also been kind enough to compile an eclipse FAQ, and it’s worth taking a look! 

It is also important to note, if you choose to view this, please do not wander around aimlessly with your gaze toward the sky. Don’t trespass or put yourself in harm’s way, and if you are viewing this as a family, always make sure your kids are using proper solar filters. Keep it a fun and memorable experience that you can carry with you into the next eclipse in 2024!