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about the eclipse

On the afternoon of April 8th, 2024 a total solar eclipse will be visible from Mesquite, Texas. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be celebrated by a full weekend of festivities and community events.

When is the eclipse?

The total solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024. Totality will begin in Mesquite at 1:40 pm and peak at 1:42 pm. In total, Mesquite will be in totality for 4 minutes and 8 seconds - longer than any other urban city in the DFW Metroplex.

What can I expect during an eclipse? 

For those in the path of totality during a total solar eclipse, the sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. The temperature will suddenly drop as the sun disappears. The sudden darkness causes animals to grow quiet and the sun's atmosphere may glow in a thin pink circle around the moon during the peak of totality. As the moon continues to pass across the sun, the sky will appear similar to a 360-degree sunrise and the temperatures will climb again as the sun begins to shine.

What is a total eclipse?

A total solar eclipse is a rare event where the moon passes between the sun and the earth, completely blocking the sun from the face of the earth.

Where can I find solar eclipse glasses?

The Visitor Center located at Heritage Plaza at 111 S. Broad St. has official Solar Rodeo eclipse glasses for sale for $3. 

You can also find Mesquite swag, local artisan keepsakes and Solar Rodeo T-shirts at our Visitor Center! 

Mon: 9am-5pm

Tues: 9am-6pm

Wed: 9am-6pm

Thur: 9am-6pm

Fri: 9am-6pm

Sat: 9am-1pm

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