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<p>Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime event? On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass directly over Central Texas. Austin Community College invites YOU to watch history with us!

Watch the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Austin!

Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime event? On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass directly over Central Texas. Austin Community College invites YOU to watch history with us!

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Grab your exclusive, ACC-branded 2024 Total Solar Eclipse glasses on any ACC campus. Find out how below.

Second

Mark your calendar and join us for a special  eclipse watch party. Get the schedule below.

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon’s orbit passes in front of the sun, blocking it from view. In most eclipses, the moon doesn’t fully cover the sun as it passes in front of it. But, in a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks the sun completely, plunging the world into temporary twilight, and causing a 360-degree sunset.

Austin Community College Physics professor Dr. Michael Endl has the details on what makes a total solar eclipse such a remarkable celestial event.

Get Free Solar Eclipse Glasses at Your Nearest ACC Campus!

ACC will have free solar eclipse glasses for you, your family, and friends — while supplies last! These glasses are rated for safe eclipse viewing and will protect your eyes from the harmful effects of looking at the sun. To get your glasses, swing by your nearest ACC campus. Glasses are available starting on DATE.

Students & Employees
Get your glasses at any ACC campus Student Life Office. You’ll need your ACC ID card to pick up your glasses. Limit three per person.

Community
Get your glasses at any ACC Campus Manager’s Office. Limit three per person.

You’re Invited! Solar Eclipse Watch Parties at ACC

Date: Monday, April 8, 2024
Starts: Noon
Eclipse Time: Approximately 1:30 p.m
Time of Totality: 1:36 to roughly 1:38 pm

ACC will host a watch party in every region of the district. Join us for conversation and eclipse-watching.

 

  • North Region: Round Rock Campus
  • North Region: Cypress Creek Campus
  • Central Region: Highland Campus
  • South Region: South Austin Campus

    Fun Facts About the Eclipse

    • Did you know that the last total solar eclipse viewable in the Austin area was in 1397? And the next one won’t be until 2343?
    • With clear weather, the only time our Sun’s corona (outer atmosphere) can be visible is during a total solar eclipse.
    • Worldwide eclipses are predicted and charted using the Saros Cycle, a period of 18 years and 12 days.
    • The Moon’s speed passing across the Sun is approximately 1,398 miles per hour.

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