Apr 1, 2024 - News

📷 Pic du jour: Our last total eclipse

A banner with a photo of people watching a past eclipse

The Ellis County Museum in Waxahachie has this banner showing how newspapers described the 1878 eclipse. Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

Texas last experienced a total solar eclipse in 1878.

Flashback: People worried that the morning's clouds would obstruct views of the afternoon eclipse. "But at 3 o'clock the heavens were clear in the vicinity of the sun, and joy was manifest with all the anxious watchers," the Fort Worth Daily Democrat wrote.

  • The stars became visible around 4pm. The temperature cooled roughly 13 degrees as the eclipse moved through Texas, per the Ellis County Museum.
  • The Galveston Daily News said the sight was "indescribable."

What's next: April 8 will be our only chance to witness a total solar eclipse — the next one in our region won't be until 2317.

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