April 8th, 2024 Eclipse Information from the Rice Space Institute:
Don’t miss this eclipse! The next one to come through Texas won’t be till 2045!
AP article on the eclipse:
Past Eclipses (2017):
The eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017 was a partial eclipse as viewed from Houston, TX. The eclipse began at 11:46 am as the Moon started to pass in front of the Sun. The peak was at 1:17 pm when about 66% of the Sun’s surface was covered. The eclipse was over at 2:45 pm. Faculty from the Rice Physics and Astronomy Department set up 2-3 telescopes on the main academic quad near the statue of William Marsh Rice.
Additional resources from the Rice Space Institute http://space.rice.edu/Eclipse/ includes a 90-minute free eclipse training video.
Depending on your location, the corona will be visible for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. During those precious moments, it is perfectly safe to look directly at the Sun, even through binoculars or a telescope. But whenever any part of the photosphere is uncovered, it is absolutely essential to view the Sun through a safe solar filter, that is, one that meets the ISO 12312-2 international standard.