Are you wondering where the best place is to see the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipse events? We have the answer: Our little-known spot in Texas is the best place to see this magic in person. In this article, we’ll discuss the best place to see total solar eclipse 2024 and more.
Need to brush up on your eclipse knowledge? Let’s cover why people are so excited about what’s about to happen over the skies of Texas.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. There are different types of solar eclipses:
Annular Eclipse – This type of eclipse will take place on October 14th, 2023. During this eclipse, the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving only the outer edges of the sun visible.
This is where you get that stunning and surreal “ring of fire” view if you are lucky enough to be situated in the path of the eclipse.
Total Solar Eclipse – During a “total eclipse,” the new Moon passes between the Earth and Sun, and completely blocks out the sun. The eclipse on April 8th, 2024 is a total eclipse.
Let’s break down the dates and places to know about if you’re an eclipse chaser!
The big dual-eclipse event kicks off on October 14, 2023. The solar eclipse will be visible within a 125-mile path from Oregon to Texas. This amazing “Ring of Fire” will cover eight states before moving to Mexico.
When they say that everything is bigger in Texas, this also covers views of the skies. Yes, the Texas skies will be blessed with some of the highest visibility in North America when the back-to-back solar eclipses happen.
Concan, Texas, has been identified as a prime spot for getting clear, long views of the event! In fact, Concan is right in the centerline of the eclipse.
That means that planning a stay in beautiful Concan during the eclipse will give you a much more extended period of time to enjoy the experience compared to spots that are further out.
The 2023 solar eclipse path will glide in from Oregon. Once it passes over Texas, the path of the solar eclipse will then head to Central America and South America before disappearing from view during sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
Date: October 14th, 2023.
Time: The end of the eclipse’s American leg will take place in Texas at 12:03 p.m. (CDT).
Astronomers are calling the 2023 solar eclipse an “appetizer” for the spectacular event that’s coming in 2024. In fact, the name for the 2024 eclipse has already been chosen as “The Great North American Eclipse”. Of course, true stargazers will definitely want to see both!
Let’s talk about what’s going on up in the sky in 2024 that has so many people excited. The event will see the moon casting a 115-mile shadow that will sweep in on a northeast pattern from Texas to Maine after crossing into the United States from Mexico. The shadow will go all the way up to the Canadian Maritimes during the event.
What makes the 2024 eclipse so exciting? We will have a totality lasting 4 minutes and 27 seconds! That’s nearly double the duration of the “Great American Eclipse” that took place in August of 2017.
Date: The date for the solar eclipse 2024 Texas event is April 8.
Time: The totality will begin in Texas right at 1:27 p.m. (CDT) before ending at 3:35 p.m. (EDT) in Maine.
Seeing an eclipse in person is certainly a bucket-list item that everyone should strive to do when the opportunity arises. To enjoy an amazing experience, make sure you prepare in advance. Here are some tips to help you do that.
However, it’s essential to be prepared with the right safety gear before you look up. You should wear eclipse glasses, solar filters, or other approved eye protection whenever you are looking at the sky during an eclipse.
Here’s a roundup of the guidelines provided by the American Astronomical Society for safe eclipse viewing:
- Eye protection is needed when looking at the sky when it is both partially eclipsed and fully eclipsed.
- Inspect your solar filter for scratches, punctures, tears, or damage before you use it.
- If viewing an eclipse with children, always supervise and monitor their use of solar filters.
- You should keep your eyeglasses on if you usually wear glasses. Your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer should be placed in front of your glasses.
- Never remove your filter while looking at the sun. You should turn away to remove your filter.
- Eye protection is still required even when taking video footage or photographs of an eclipse.
- When viewing the eclipse with a telescope or binoculars, make sure you wear eye protection.
- It is only safe to remove your solar filter or glasses once the moon completely covers the sun’s face. This period of “totality” will be dark. However, you’ll need to replace your protective wear as the brightness returns.
Eclipse blindness can occur if you expose your eyes to the sun during a solar eclipse without the right eye protection. It can result in short-term vision damage. In some cases, it can even cause permanent vision loss.
While these epic solar events may seem far away today, they will be here before you know it. That’s why it’s so important to book your plans now if you want to get a front-row seat for the action.
So, where is the best place to see total solar eclipse 2024? Astronomers have identified the Frio River region as one of the prime spots in the country for views of the totality for both the 2023 eclipse and 2024 eclipse.
Hunter’s Ridge Cabins in Concan, Texas, is currently offering solar eclipse packages for October 2023 and April 2024 dates. Our property offers easy access to Texas Hill Country’s many attractions.
While the fanfare of the eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event, we offer welcoming, cozy accommodations that invite you to linger long after the skies have returned to normal!
Stay in a relaxing, natural setting with a resort-style swimming pool that the whole family will love. We offer five different cabin styles that can accommodate between six and eight guests.
Air conditioning, heating, television, Wi-Fi, grills, and amazing views come included. Each fully equipped cabin features a kitchen with a dishwasher, fridge, oven, microwave, cookware, plates, and silverware. Cabins also include full-size bathrooms. Pillows are always included!
The best part about staying at Hunter’s Ridge Cabins is that all of the natural wonders of the Frio River are close by. The list of things that people love to do when staying in cabins in Concan includes:
- Tubing on the Frio River
- Fishing on the Frio River
- Hiking at Lost Maples State Park
The Frio Cave in Concan is another popular attraction. Tourists show up at sunset to watch the thousands of bats that call this cave home flutter out for the night. In addition, there are plenty of great outfitters to enjoy the Frio River activities, restaurants, and scenic picnic spots. One stay in Concan will show you why the Frio River area is known as the Swiss Alps of Texas.
People from around the country already have their sights set on Texas for the upcoming solar eclipses. Concan and the Frio River region have been identified as the “hot spots” in the Lone Star State for getting the best views of totality during both eclipses.
The biggest favor you can do for yourself if you have your heart set on catching these historic celestial events in person is to book your stay now! Hunter’s Ridge Cabins is ready to accommodate your every need as an eclipse chaser. Be sure to fill out the form below to get on our waiting list.
We’re thrilled to welcome you to beautiful Hill Country for a celestial adventure you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life.
Reserve your spot now to be in the 2023 solar eclipse path and 2024 solar eclipse path for the biggest adventure in the galaxy!