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Watch Parties For The Solar Eclipse In Collin County And Dallas, Texas

North Texas is in the path of the total eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024
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North Texas residents are gearing up for a spectacular celestial event: the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. 

According to NASA, this rare phenomenon is the last total solar eclipse visible from the United States until 2044, promises a breathtaking display as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow across the region.

It's been seven years since the last total eclipse visited North America on Aug. 21, 2017. The Great American Eclipse website informs that the eclipse is scheduled to begin at 1:27 pm CDT in Texas and conclude at 3:35 p.m. EDT in Maine. The eclipse will traverse North America with a mesmerizing sight as the sky darkens, resembling the twilight hours. 

The eclipse's path will unfold across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, commencing at approximately 1:39:56 p.m. CDT, gradually enveloping Fort Worth and Dallas around 1:40:12 p.m. CDT and subsequently extending to Plano. By approximately 1:41:35 p.m. CDT, the spectacle will reach Frisco, followed closely by McKinney at 1:41:48 p.m. CDT. The duration of totality is expected to last up to an impressive 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

For those eager to immerse themselves in the science and wonder of the eclipse, a series of events and viewing parties have been organized across North Texas. From educational sessions to rooftop celebrations, there are ample opportunities for residents to experience this rare cosmic event firsthand.

Learn About The Solar Eclipse

Cocktails with an Astronomer 

Where: Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, 6007 Legacy Dr, Plano
When: April 7, 2024 | 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Marriott is collaborating with 10 hotels in the DFW region to arrange a sequence of cocktail events featuring astronomers from the Carnegie Institute. The Plano hotel is set to host a delightful evening on Saturday, April 6, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, just ahead of the eclipse scheduled for the following day. During this event, the astronomer will deliver a presentation on the scientific aspects of the eclipse, offer guidance for observing the celestial spectacle safely and engage with the audience by addressing any questions they may have.

Solar Halo Forcast

Where: Maribelle Davis Library, Plano
When: Feb. 29, 2024 | 3:00 p.m.
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On Feb. 29, explore the captivating science behind solar coronas and gain insights into safe observation methods just in time for the eclipse. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the program begins and can be obtained in person only.

Total Solar Eclipse learning event

Where: Richardson Council Chamber
When: Feb. 24, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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On Feb. 24, the city of Richardson council chamber will host a total solar eclipse event where attendees can glean insights into the sun, eclipses and safe viewing practices. Led by NASA Solar System Ambassador Michelle Wilde, participants will be treated to engaging presentations and the chance to win prizes.

Eclipse Ahead – Total Solar Eclipse and Safe Viewing

Where: Harrington Library and Parr Library, Plano
When: Feb. 25, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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The excitement continues in Plano on Feb. 25 at the Parr Library and on March 23 at the Harrington Library, where NASA Ambassador Les Murray will delve into eclipse mechanics and safe observation methods. These informative sessions will prepare attendees for the main event in April.

Touchdown! Lunar Lander

Where: Harrington Library
When: Apr. 6, 2024 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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As the eclipse approaches, delve into the realms of gravity, motion and forces. Join in designing and constructing a lunar lander tasked with safely delivering two astronauts to the moon.

A Brief History of Eclipses

Where: South Garland Library, Garland
When: Apr. 6, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
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Contemplate the historical viewpoints on eclipses with our enlightening reenactment presented by the South Garland Library puppeteers. Delve into how individuals across different epochs responded to eclipses and other celestial phenomena, gaining insight into the rich tapestry of human understanding of the cosmos.

Eclipse Maker Party

Where: South Garland Library, Garland
When: Apr. 6, 2024 |3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
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Enjoy crafting eclipse-themed projects, playing games and picking up complimentary solar eclipse glasses. All ages are welcome and glasses will be distributed while supplies last.

Solar Eclipse Crafts

Where: The Colony Public Library, The Colony
When: Apr 6, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
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Prepare for the total solar eclipse by crafting your own pinhole viewer and engaging in other solar-themed crafts. Gain insights into eclipses and learn safe methods for viewing the sun ahead of the April 8 eclipse.

Eclipse Watch Parties 

Total Solar Eclipse at the Library

Where: Haggard Library, Plano
When: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Experience the awe-inspiring celestial phenomenon of a total solar eclipse on April 8 with Haggard Library. Limited supplies of viewing glasses are available at all five locations.

Total Eclipse Watch Parties in Plano

Where: Windhaven Meadows Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Plano
When: 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Plano finds itself on the path of totality for the total solar eclipse. Watch the phenomenon unfold from Windhaven Meadows Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Whether you make it a weekend getaway or join in for the day, these are two great spots to enjoy with friends and family.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Downtown McKinney

Where: Downtown McKinney
When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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On April 8, McKinney Main Street will present a solar eclipse viewing party at the Chestnut Garage. Offering live music, goodie bags and a private viewing area, this event promises to be a memorable affair for families and friends alike.

Total Eclipse of the Heard

Where: Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney
When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Prepare for an unforgettable experience at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary as we anticipate the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Join in for a day of exploration and discovery as we witness the moon's rare spectacle completely covering the sun. Learn about the science behind the eclipse, explore our sanctuary and observe wildlife. Don't miss out—tickets are limited! Reserve your spot now for this extraordinary event.

Total Eclipse of the Ballpark

Where: Riders Field, Frisco 
When: 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Witness history at Riders Field on April 8 as Frisco hosts a solar eclipse viewing event. In the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse, the city offers live music, a Rough Riders team meet & greet and activities for $10, including glasses and a game voucher. Eclipse starts at 12:23 p.m. reaching totality at 1:41 p.m. Don't miss this unique experience. Tickets are available now. 

Eclipse At Hall Park

Where: Hall Park, Frisco
When: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Experience the excitement at Hall Park, the future site of Frisco's new Kaleidoscope Park, opening in Summer 2024. Enjoy entertainment and hands-on science activities about the eclipse presented by the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco Public Library, Eckert College, and more. Don't miss the main event — the Eclipse! Grab safe viewing glasses or stop by a telescope to witness the last total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States for 20 years.

Dallas Zoo Watch Party

Where: 650 S R.L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas
When: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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The Dallas Zoo is inviting guests to experience the eclipse while observing how animals respond to this celestial phenomenon. Children can engage in educational activities, such as documenting animal behaviors through an ethogram. Visitors can enjoy eclipse-themed cuisine and watch NASA's live broadcast of the total solar eclipse on televisions placed throughout the park. Expert educators and zoologists will be available to provide insights and answer questions about the zoo's over 2,000 animals.

Total Eclipse of the Park Addison

Where: Addison Circle Park, Addison
When: 12:53 p.m.
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Addison Circle Park is orchestrating an unforgettable experience. Whether you're a seasoned stargazer or just beginning your cosmic journey, bring your blankets, lawn chairs and coolers to participate in a full day of activities, including park yoga, live music, food trucks and much more. It's destined to be anything but an ordinary Monday. The highlight? The solar eclipse starts at noon and peaks at around 1:40 pm.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Where: Stewart Creek Park, The Colony
When: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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The Colony offers a front-row seat to witness the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. Head to Stewart Creek Park for a FREE, family-friendly watch party. Beginning around 12:23 PM, the partial eclipse will progress until totality around 1:41 PM. Engage in themed crafts and activities, partake in giveaways, enjoy delicious offerings from food vendors and gain insights from experts at multiple viewing stations. 

Monarch Eclipse Lunch and Viewing Party

Where: 1401 Elm St 49th Floor, Dallas
When: Event begins at 12 p.m.
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Monarch, the wood-fired, modern Italian restaurant with spectacular views of the Dallas skyline, will host a Total Solar Eclipse lunch and viewing party. After the meal concludes, guests are invited to Kessaku on the 50th floor to enjoy unparalleled views of the sky as the solar eclipse unfolds.  At noon, guests can indulge in a delectable 3-course lunch menu that includes dishes such as the buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto di parma, with a choice of the filet mignon with truffled parmesan potatoes, oven-roasted asparagus, and truffle jus or the king crab lasagna with spinach, ricotta and saffron Pomodoro. The meal concludes with panna cotta for dessert. 

The Total Solar Eclipse Lunch is available for $99 per person, or elevate your experience with a wine pairing and guaranteed window seating for $150 per person. In addition to the main event, guests will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses to ensure they can fully view the breathtaking beauty of the eclipse without any concerns. 

Great North American Eclipse

Where: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
When: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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Dallas will be the largest city in the path of totality for the once-in-a-lifetime Great North American Eclipse on April 8, 2024. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is partnering with the Carnegie Institution for Science to offer an extraordinary opportunity to safely experience this celestial event. Note: This event has reached capacity.

Eclipse Party

Where: Downtown Garland Square, Garland
When: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
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Starting at 11 a.m., Garland ISD Planetarium Director Charlie Ruiz will lead a presentation, accompanied by a DJ, assorted activities, games and the eclipse itself! During the lunch hour, attendees are encouraged to patronize one of the many restaurants located in Downtown, where eclipse-themed specials may be available. 

Solar Eclipse Day

Where: Central Library Express, Garland
When: 12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
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Solar viewers will be available in limited supply, so be sure to arrive early. Don't forget to bring your chairs and blankets for a comfortable viewing experience. The eclipse is set to peak at 1:40 pm.

With safety at the forefront, these events offer opportunities for education, entertainment and communal celebration under the darkened sky. Mark your calendars and ensure you know the appropriate times to don specialized eye protection tailored for solar viewing through a thorough review of NASA’s safety guidelines.

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