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Many solar eclipse events to be held around Denton County

Many Denton County towns and organizations will hold events on April 8 to experience the total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. They happen about once every 18 months, but it can be several centuries between occurrences at any given location. The last time North and Central Texas experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1878, and the next time after April 8 this region will see one will be in 2317, according to the National Weather Service.

On April 8, the path of the total solar eclipse will head northeast from Mexico through the rest of North America, and much of southern Denton County will be in the path of totality. In Flower Mound, the partial eclipse will begin at 12:23 p.m. The total eclipse will run from 1:41 to 1:43 p.m., and the partial eclipse will end at 3:02 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Areas east and south of Dallas that are located in the middle of the path of totality will experience totality for more than twice as long as Flower Mound will.

Even when most of the sun is blocked by the moon, it is not safe to look at it without a pair of American Astronomy Society-approved solar glasses. It is only safe to take them off when the sun is totally blocked by the moon.

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The following list of area eclipse events was provided by Denton County. All are on April 8:

Carrollton Total Eclipse Watch Party
Noon to 2 p.m.
1700 Keller Springs Road
Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake
Enjoy outdoor games, crafts and more.

Denton Total Eclipse in the Park
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
700 Oakland St.
Quakertown Park
Free eclipse glasses while supplies last. Enjoy food trucks, lawn games and music.

Flower Mound’s Seniors in Motion Solar Eclipse Party
1-3 p.m.
2701 W. Windsor Drive
Senior Center
For Flower Mound’s 50+ community. Live music performed by Andy Guarino. Free glasses will supplies last. Registration is required.

Flower Mound’s Total Eclipse of the Mound
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5001 Wichita Trail
Twin Coves Park
Enjoy a day with space-themed snacks and activities, free with paid entry to the park.

Flower Mound Total Eclipse On The Mound
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
2400 Flower Mound Road
The Flower Mound
Bring your telescopes, chairs and blankets to view the eclipse from the open prairie in the middle of Flower Mound. Glasses will be available for $5, while supplies last.

Frisco Total Eclipse of the Ballpark
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7300 Rough Riders Trail
Riders Field
The event will feature live music, a meet-and-greet with Rough Riders, activities and more. Tickets are $10, which includes glasses.

Frisco Total Eclipse of the Park
Noon to 3 p.m.
2600 Network Blvd.
Hall Park
Activities, food for purchase and more.

Lewisville SOLARbration
Noon to 2 p.m.
150 W. Church St.
Wayne Ferguson Plaza
It is a free, family-friendly event with games, food and giveaways.

Lewisville’s Solar Eclipse 2024 at LLELA
Noon to 2 p.m.
Cicada Pavillion
LLELA Nature Preserve
Enjoy activity stations and watch the eclipse. There is a $5 entry fee per vehicle for this event.

Little Elm Solar Sand Eclipse
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
701 W. Eldorado Parkway
The Lakefront at Little Elm Beach
Enjoy music, food and fun.

The Colony Total Solar Eclipse
12:30-2:30 p.m.
3700 Sparks Road
Stewart Creek Park
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. There will be activities, giveaways, food vendors, games and a viewing station.

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

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