Folks will gather Monday in Flower Mound to watch solar eclipse

A partial solar eclipse (photo courtesy of NASA).

A couple of solar eclipse watch parties will gather in Flower Mound on Monday.

The new moon will line up perfectly between Earth and the sun, causing a rare solar eclipse on Monday. In a thin band from Oregon to South Carolina, people will see a total eclipse, where the sun is completely hidden by the moon.

Southern Denton County is not in line to see the upcoming solar eclipse in totality, but residents will see the moon cover up most of the sun on Monday afternoon, peaking at more than 76 percent coverage. The eclipse action starts about 11:40 a.m., peaks at 1:09 p.m., and ends about 2:39 p.m.

The Flower Mound Foundation is inviting residents to watch the eclipse on The Flower Mound, starting at 11:30 a.m. The foundation recommended closed-toed shoes for hiking through the prairie to the top of The Mound, and you should spray your ankles, legs and waistband with bug spray.

Monday is also National Senior Citizen Day, and the Flower Mound Senior Center is celebrating with a Solar Eclipse Patio Party at 1 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live music, dancing, an ice cream sundae bar and safety glasses. It is free and open to everyone, not just senior citizens, at 2701 West Windsor Drive. Call 972-874-6110 to RSVP.

Remember, don’t look at the sun without sufficient eye protection, ever. The one exception is when the sun is totally blocked by the moon in an eclipse, which North Texas will see on April 8, 2024, according to NASA. You need solar eclipse glasses, which you hopefully already have because they are sold out in many stores in the area.

Click here for more information about how southern Denton County will experience the eclipse.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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