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Solar Eclipse Watch Party

10:00a to 1:00p
Sat, October 14, 2023
T.C. Riddle
(956) 584-9156, x234

View a stellar daytime event during this near-total annular solar eclipse!

Texas will be experiencing not one but TWO rare solar eclipses in the near future.  During the first, on October 14, 2023, Bentsen will have a view of more than 90% of an annular solar eclipse.  The second, will be on April 8th, 2024 where there will be about 90% of a total solar eclipse seen from the park.

Join us during a watch party where we will discuss what exactly is happening, why it is so extraordinary, and how to safely see our closest star: the sun.  The eclipse will start to be visible about 10:30am, peak about noon, and end about 1:30PM.

Safety Note:  Even during an eclipse, DO NOT look directly into the sun without specialized protection.  Regular sunglasses are NOT safe for sun viewing.  Any equipment such as a camera, phone or telescope MUST be equipped with a solar filter.  Unsafe viewing can risk severe eye injury and/or equipment damage.

  • Bring:  Weather appropriate clothing, water, snacks, and camp-chairs.  It is recommended to bring a safe viewing option such as a pinhole viewer or ISO-12312-2 certified solar/eclipse glasses.  The park will have some glasses available for purchase but supplies may be limited.
  • Meet: Headquarters
  • Registration:   No registration required
  • Cost: Entry fee is $5 for adults and FREE 12 & under (Park entry free with Texas State Park Pass).

*Events and programs are subject to cancellation due to weather. Please contact park staff for more information and the latest updates