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NOAA Celebrates the Light and Embraces the Dark

Streaming live from the Cotton Bowl® Stadium, we're bringing you front-row seats to witness this awe-inspiring cosmic event. 

Watch live starting at 9:30 AM CDT, Monday, April 8: 

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NOAA Eclipse Celebrations Across the Country

On April 8, the moon will pass directly between the sun and Earth, aligning perfectly to produce a total solar eclipse! When this occurs, the moon casts a shadow along a portion of the Earth's surface called the path of totality.

At 1:27 PM (CDT), this path will cross the Rio Grande and enter the United States. The eclipse will continue to travel from South Texas to the Northeast, where it will meet Canada after it passes through Enosburg Falls, in Upper Vermont. NOAA will celebrate the eclipse from multiple locations across the country while experiencing this spectacular event with the public, weather permitting.

Watch the Livestream here, coverage will begin 9:30 AM CDT.

Image a solar eclipse with the text; Sun, Moon and You.

Where can you find us?

All times are reflective of the event's geographic location.

Dallas, TX
Fair Park Cotton Bowl® Stadium
FREE event but must register for a ticket
Gates open at 8:30 AM CDT, Show starts at 9:30 AM CDT
Totality is from 1:40-1:44 PM CT

NOAA, NSF, and NASA will host the Sun, Moon, and You Solar Eclipse Viewing Event at the historical Cotton Bowl Stadium in downtown Dallas. Neil deGrasse Tyson is our virtual guest speaker*, along with Ready, Jet, Go!™ from PBS, who will be there in person. NOAA, NSF, and NASA experts will talk about the eclipse, space weather and why we study the sun.  STEM organizations will be onsite throughout the stadium’s concourse with activities and handouts; telescopes will be available for viewing the eclipse and food for purchase. Tickets are available here.

NOAA will also have tables and staff at the University of Texas Dallas and the Perot Museum. The live event is available on the TVU Grid network. Login to TVU Grid and use Grid Token code: 66803382

* Neil deGrasse Tyson, previously scheduled to appear at the Total Solar Eclipse viewing event at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, has shifted his plans to view it at a different location. He will still appear via the Jumbotron to provide a version of StarTalk. “Ready Jet Go” along with Professor, Planetary Science and Astronomer Dr. Amy Mainzer will be the featured attraction and the rest of the action-packed program will continue as planned.

Junction City, TX
Live coverage of the eclipse from Junction, Texas
FREE event (TBC)
Event start: 12:45 PM CT
Totality is at 1:32 - 1:35 PM CT

The Exploratorium will be covering the total solar eclipse from Junction, TX live and NOAA will be participating in the event with them having one SME on space weather working and making an appearance in the event. 

Colorado Springs, CO
Broadmoor Resort by the Lake
FREE event
Event is from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM MT
Partial Max is at 12:39 PM MT

NOAA will participate in the Space Foundation’s solar eclipse event. NOAA will have a table with giveaways, literature, and a sunspotter for eclipse viewing.

Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs National Park
FREE event

The events begin on April 3 at 10:00 AM CT at Oaklawn Elementary, Hot Springs, through April 8 at 3:00 PM CT at Hot Springs National Park.

Totality is at 1:49-1:53 PM CT

NOAA, NASA, the National Park Service, and Arkansas State Parks are collaborating with a team of more than 15 experts to engage the public at and near Hot Springs, Arkansas.  There are more than 40 events at multiple locations planned over six days, culminating with eclipse viewing at three venues within the Hot Springs National Park.  The events range from elementary/middle/senior high school presentations to public lectures at two universities, and at locations including camping areas, retirement villages, and public libraries. Presentations include topics on eclipses, space weather, and space missions relevant to studying the Sun-Earth system. Activities for all ages include safe, practical, and fun ways to understand and experience solar eclipses and night sky viewing with telescopes at Ouachita Lake State Park on two nights.

Washington, D.C.
FREE event
Solar Eclipse Festival on the National Mall
Monday, April 8
Event runs from 12:00 - 4:00 PM ET (between 7th and 12th Streets)

The eclipse will be visible in the Washington, DC area between 2:04 PM and 4:32 PM. Maximum eclipse will be at 3:20 PM, with the Sun 89% covered by the Moon.

The National Air and Space Museum, in collaboration with other Smithsonian museums, NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory presents an outdoor festival with activities for all ages. Attendees can browse the many activity stations to view the Sun in a variety of safe telescopes and explore the different educational offerings from Smithsonian museums and partners. The NOAA booth will include hands-on activities for kids (such as a “Launch Your Own Satellite” activity), information on space weather (which is visible during a total eclipse), and distribution of eclipse glasses and viewers.