City of Katy to Host Eclipse Watching Celebration at Katy Arboretum Park

City of Katy to Host Eclipse Watching Celebration at Katy Arboretum Park

April 01 2024

The City of Katy, in collaboration with the Katy Branch Library, is offering residents a celestial spectacle that has astro-enthusiasts all over the globe in a state of excitement. At Katy Arboretum, on Monday, April 8, 2024, attendees will have the opportunity to observe a near total solar eclipse, a celestial event that occurs only once in a generation.

This particular near total solar eclipse is unique because it is one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights. During an eclipse, the moon moves between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over the Earth. According to NASA, the event unfolds gradually as the moon slowly starts to block the sun. The day begins to darken as if twilight has come early, and at its maximum point, which will occur at 1:39 PM for Katy area residents, the sun will be almost entirely obscured by the moon for about four minutes.

Solar eclipses are relatively rare astronomical events. Partial solar eclipses occur about twice a year, but total solar eclipses, where the moon completely covers the sun, happen approximately every 18 months. However, because they can only be seen from a narrow path on the Earth's surface, many people may go their whole lives without witnessing a total solar eclipse. The fact that Katy lies on the path of this near total solar eclipse makes it a not-to-be-missed event.

To make the event even more interactive and entertaining, the City of Katy and the Katy Branch Library have arranged for pre-eclipse story times and various activities as well as lawn games to keep attendees entertained before the eclipse reaches its maximum point.

Eclipse viewing glasses will be available to ensure safe viewing of the spectacle, but there will be a limit to the supplies. Residents are advised to arrive early to secure their glasses and a good view of the event.

The eclipse is set to begin at 12:19 PM and will end at 3:00 PM, making the day one filled with astronomical wonder. For updates on this event, visit the event Facebook page. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to witness a near total solar eclipse close to home!

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 

Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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