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A UTotal Solar Eclipse


On Monday, April 8, more than 30 million Americans, including 12 million Texans, will experience a total solar eclipse as the moon’s shadow arcs from Mexico to Maine. The University of Texas at Austin — the top-ranked U.S. university in the eclipse’s path of totality — is celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event as only UT can.

The University’s UTotal Solar Eclipse initiative brings the expertise of UT student, faculty and staff experts to interested eclipse observers, wherever they are in the world.

On the Forty Acres, nearly 70,000 UT students, faculty and staff members will participate in the Total Eclipse of the Horns, a campuswide eclipse celebration that is expected to be the largest single viewing event in Central Texas.

UT is also supporting eclipse viewings and events across Central Texas, including through a partnership with Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department that will place eclipse glasses and telescopes with solar filters in select parks across all of Austin’s 10 City Council districts.

Still not 100% sure what a solar eclipse is? Wondering how the ancient Mayans knew when to predict them, or the best way to view one if you forgot to pick up some glasses? The University’s eclipse hub, eclipse.utexas.edu, is a one-stop resource for stories, videos, podcasts and guides provided by UT experts in fields such as astronomy, archaeology, photography, physics and history, including tips (and even a playlist!) for hosting your own eclipse experience at home, work or school.