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Two Hill Country Eclipses
The City of Boerne is in the path of two upcoming solar eclipses sure to bring awe and wonder to the Texas Hill Country, along with tens of thousands of visitors eager to witness the natural phenomena.
On the days of the eclipses, we anticipate thousands of people to converge on Boerne and Kendall County. The annular eclipse in 2023 will bring in large crowds, but the total eclipse in 2024 will see a considerably greater number of people with upwards of 50,000 visitors expected. Planning between the City of Boerne, Kendall County, and our community partners has already begun.
Use the information on this page and the links provided to begin preparing for both eclipses. Plan ahead so you can safely enjoy these rare experiences.
Annular Eclipse - October 14, 2023
The first eclipse to partially darken the skies above Boerne will be an annular eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023, when the moon passes between earth and the sun.
The partial eclipse will begin at about 10:20 a.m., with four minutes of annularity beginning at 11:51 a.m. when the moon lines up directly in front of the sun. During annularity, the sun will appear as a "ring of fire" around the moon.
- Partial Eclipse Begins: 10:20 a.m.
- Annularity: 11:51 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
- Partial Eclipse Ends: 1:30 p.m.
Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024
The second eclipse and biggest draw will be the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. The moon will again pass between the earth and the sun, but this time much closer to earth.
Boerne is in the path of totality for the total solar eclipse, meaning the moon will completely block out the sun for 4 minutes and 23 seconds beginning at 1:32 p.m.
- Partial Eclipse Begins: 12:14 p.m.
- Totality Begins: 1:32 - 1:36 p.m.
- Partial Eclipse Ends: 2:55 p.m.
It is never safe to look directly at the sun – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial solar eclipse, you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun. This also applies during a total solar eclipse leading up to and after totality, when the moon is completely blocking the sun. During the short period of totality, it is safe to look directly at the sun, but it's crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your eclipse glasses. For more information, visit NASA's eclipse safety page. Please note that eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the sun. If you don’t have solar viewing or eclipse glasses, you can use an alternate indirect method, such as a pinhole projector.
Staying in Boerne
Boerne offers a variety of accommodations for groups of all sizes. This astronomical event is going to draw people from far and wide, so be prepared that hotels and rentals will book up quickly. Plan ahead by booking your stay in advance.
Maximize your Boerne eclipse experience and savor all that our charming community has to offer during the days leading up to or following the main event. Take a brewery tour, shop the Hill Country Mile, indulge in our dining scene, explore down under in our two show caves, and enjoy a hike or paddle in one of our local parks.
Plan ahead and check out the Visit Boerne website for a list of lodging options and ideas for how to enjoy an elevated Hill Country experience.
- What is a total solar eclipse?
- Where will the total eclipse happen?
- Besides totality, what should I look for?
- View the 360 degree sunset.
- Get a filter or eclipse glasses in advance.
- No filter? Here is how you can still watch.
- Use the facilities before things get going.
- Come prepared to enjoy the day.
- Schedule an after-eclipse party or meal where you are!