Boerne Eclipse

During the total solar eclipse, the Sun’s corona is shown as a crown of white flares from the surfac

About the Eclipses

In less than two years, the City of Boerne will be in the path of two eclipses. The first, an annular eclipse, will take place on October 14, 2023, starting at 11:51:21 a.m., with annularity lasting four minutes. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The City of Boerne is in the path of totality as it is known, where, for approximately three minutes the moon will pass between the sun and Earth and completely block the sun.

In Boerne, totality will begin at 1:32:39 p.m. local time and last for three minutes and 37 seconds.

On the day of the eclipse, we anticipate upwards of 50,000 people will converge on Boerne and Kendall County to experience this rare event. Planning between the City of Boerne, Kendall County, and our community partners has already begun. Below is information that you can review now, and as April 8, 2024, approaches check back to this page for updates to help you and your family prepare for the big day!

What is a total solar eclipse?

For a total solar eclipse to take place, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. Weather permitting, people located in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will become very dark for a few minutes, as if it were night. Normally, when looking at the sun, you can only see the photosphere, the bright surface. However, extending about 5,000 km above the photosphere is the region of the solar atmosphere called the chromosphere. It is only seen during total solar eclipses, or with sophisticated telescopes, and its red and pinkish color gives the blackened moon a thin halo of color against the greyish corona. People in the path of a total solar eclipse can also see the sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the sun. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can briefly remove their eclipse glasses, during the few moments when the moon is completely blocking the sun.

Where will it happen?

The total solar eclipse will begin over the South Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America that will experience totality is Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PDT. The path of the eclipse continues from Mexico, entering the United States in Texas, and traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The eclipse will enter Canada in Southern Ontario, and continue through Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton. The eclipse will exit continental North America on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m. NDT.

How can I watch?

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, please 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.

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