Texoma will be able to view the lunar eclipse on Aug. 21. Texoma lies right outside of the total eclipse pathway and will be able to view an 80 percent eclipse, Austin College Physics Professor and Adams Observatory Director David Baker said.
A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun causing the moon to look like it is covering the sun.
“Solar eclipses happen one or two times a year, but not at the same location around the Earth,” Baker said. “So different areas see different eclipses.”
The next time that Texas will be in the pathway of a full eclipse will be 2023, Baker said.
“Texoma will see another partial eclipse in 2018,” he said.
All of Texoma will be able to see the partial eclipse on Aug. 21.
“We are very lucky,” Baker said. “The Aug. 21 eclipse will happen around 1:09 and anywhere in the county will be a good place to see it. The sun will be almost directly overhead.”
The last lunar eclipse was on Aug. 7-8, Baker said.
“It happened during the daytime for us so we were not able to see it,” he said. “In places like Africa and Asia, they were able to really see the lunar eclipse.”
A lunar eclipse is when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon. Lunar eclipses also happen one or two times a year, Baker said.
“We are fortunate,” he said. “Solar eclipses pass through a narrow pathway on the Earth. A small fraction of the Earth can see it at one time. We are just off of that area. That is why we will be able to see about an 80 percent eclipse. Areas that are further away will see less and less of the eclipse.”
In 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass close to Sherman. Baker said that this one will be a full eclipse for Bells.
For those that wish to catch the eclipse on Aug. 21, be careful. Looking directly into the sun, Baker said, is not good for the eyes.
“Normal sunglasses are not good enough to see it,” he said. “You will need specially made solar eclipse glasses or a No. 14 welders mask. Do not look directly into the sun. You will need special equipment to view it.”