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Countdown to the total solar eclipse with your library!

Your Fort Worth Public Library has partnered with NASA's Mission2Mars project for fun, family-friendly eclipse-related experiences to learn about the phenomenon and create your very own space-related craft. Our countdown programs are located all across Fort Worth leading up to the April 8 total solar eclipse. Find a full list of upcoming programs below. 


What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. During a total solar eclipse, the Moon aligns with the Sun to block all the light from the Sun.

How the eclipse appears also depends on where a person is on Earth. Fort Worth is in the “path of totality” for the April 8 total solar eclipse. That means people who view the eclipse from the Fort Worth area will be able to see the eclipse as a total eclipse.

Experience the April 8 Eclipse

For Fort Worth viewers, the eclipse in all phases is expected to last 2 hours, 39 minutes

  • 12:22 p.m. Partial eclipse begins – Moon encroaches on our view of the Sun
  • 1:41 p.m. Total eclipse – Moon completely blocks our view of the Sun
  • 1:43 p.m. Total eclipse ends – Moon starts moving from in front of the Sun
  • 3:01 p.m. Partial eclipse ends – Moon no longer blocking our view of the Sun

    The Sun’s corona, the bright halo of light in the Sun’s outermost atmosphere, is visible only during an eclipse. It is important to wear special eclipse glasses any time you look at the Sun – even during a total eclipse.

  • Always wear sunglasses specifically made for viewing eclipses.
  • On Saturday, April 6, a very limited supply of eclipse viewing glasses will be available for free at all Fort Worth Public Library locations – one pair per person, while supplies last.

Make your own pinhole viewer at home!

About Mission2Mars

The goal of Mission2Mars is to create community-based engagement around NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program. The goal is to help NASA achieve its strategic objective to inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers through NASA’s plans for space exploration by connecting the public with its Moon-to-Mars missions through unique STEM learning opportunities.