The city of Houston, Texas, is able to see a partial solar eclipse today. Although Houston is not in the “zone of totality,” many areas in the city will be able to see a good portion of the sun covered by the moon beginning at 11:46 a.m.
ECLIPSE TIME: For those viewing the eclipse in Houston, Texas, you will start to see the moon cross in front of the sun at 11:46 a.m. The eclipse will last approximately 2 hours and 59 minutes. The peak time for viewing the eclipse in Houston is at 1:16 p.m. This is when the moon will cover the sun the most in your area. It will get continuously darker up until this time and then will get progressively lighter in the time that follows.
WEATHER: There are partly cloudy skies in Houston, Texas, today. There is a small chance of rain, but not until the eclipse is just about over.
BEST PLACES TO WATCH ECLIPSE: Head to La Porte Branch Library or Crosby Branch Library for to view today’s eclipse. Protective eyewear will be available for use while supplies last. There are also viewing parties at the Space Center Houston and at Levy Park. If you have your own glasses and you want to head out to see the eclipse, try heading to Mason Park.
TRAFFIC: Expect heavy traffic in areas with clear viewing of today’s eclipse.
If you missed today’s solar eclipse, Texas will be in for a once-in-a-lifetime event in 2024. On April 8, 2024, the zone of totality will actually pass right through the state of Texas. You can see the path of the 2017 solar eclipse and the path of the solar eclipse slated for 2024 in the map below.
For a list of solar eclipses that have been visible in Houston in the 20th and 21st centuries, click here.