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Today's newsletter is 707 passing words โ€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: A total eclipse of our hearts

The view from Arlington. Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Andaya

Clouds still covered much of the North Texas sky less than 30 minutes before the Moon was expected to totally eclipse the Sun.

  • One man at White Rock Lake exclaimed, "Come on, Delkus. Deliver!" By totality, the clouds had passed and the ring of fire was fully visible.

Why it matters: Texas won't be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse again until 2045, and that path will include just a small slice of the Panhandle, according to NASA.

  • As many as 1 million people traveled to Texas to watch yesterday's full eclipse.

Driving the news: The clouds were low and thick early in the day, beginning to clear somewhat by noon.

  • Clouds continued to pass over the Sun, occasionally blocking the partial view seen through eclipse glasses.
  • But by about 1:40pm โ€” as many parts of Dallas-Fort Worth experienced totality โ€” the clouds had cleared.

Zoom out: In Rochester, New York, another popular destination for the eclipse, heavy cloud cover made it almost impossible for crowds to see the Sun. But even without the direct view, the eclipse above the clouds momentarily made day seem like night.

Flashback: Morning clouds in 1878, the last time Texas experienced a total solar eclipse, carried similar uncertainty about its visibility.

  • But, at 3pm, "the heavens were clear" around the Sun and "joy was manifest" as the Earth cooled and the sky darkened, the Fort Worth Daily Democrat wrote.

What's next: The next total solar eclipse will occur from Greenland to Spain on Aug. 12, 2026.

  • The best chance to see another total solar eclipse in the U.S. is Aug. 12, 2045.

2. ๐Ÿ“ท Pics du jour: Total eclipse of Texas

Sid Palmer traveled to Texas from Florida. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

For many of the people who left their homes to watch the eclipse in North Texas, the hassle was worth it.

Zoom in: Families, couples and groups of friends picnicked at The Colony's Grandscape as planes zipped over them for a view of the eclipse.

  • An experimental noise band from Denton played at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake, setting a dark ambiance as the sky darkened and birds quieted.
  • Perot Museum director Linda Silver rocked eclipse-themed Miron Crosby boots โ€” silver and embossed with stars โ€” at the museum's watch party that thousands of people attended.
  • "So darn cool!! So glad we had some breaks in the clouds!!" WFAA's chief meteorologist Pete Delkus posted on X after the eclipse.
Silver boots with stars embossed on them
Wondering if Perot Museum director Linda Silver will let us borrow these boots. Photo: Greg Castillo/Axios

Here's what we saw across the stateโ€ฆ

  • Jacksonville, Florida, resident Sid Palmer prepared about two years for the eclipse. He chose to post up in Del Rio, near the Texas-Mexico border, after seeing that the cloud chances there were the most favorable.
  • Brett and Leesha Baker traveled to Dick Nichols Park in Southwest Austin from Utah to experience their second total solar eclipse with their telescope. "It's a full body experience," Leesha Baker recalled about the 2017 eclipse. "It's very humbling to have everything go dark."

3. ๐Ÿƒ Mapped: Exercise isn't bigger in Texas

Share of population averaging at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week
Data: Brigham and Women's Hospital; Map: Axios Visuals

About half of Texas adults don't get the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week.

State of sit: Texans hit at least 150 minutes of weekly exercise less than 50% of the time, according to data from Apple and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

  • That's less than the national average of 54%.

The bottom line: It would take five 30-minute brisk walks a week to hit the recommended minimum.

  • Plus, the CDC recommends two days of muscle-strengthening activity.

4. ๐Ÿ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

One last stop before tacos. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

๐ŸŒš The Texas Eclipse Festival in Burnet was canceled just hours before totality because of forecasted bad weather. (Star-Telegram)

๐Ÿ€ Dallas Mav Kyrie Irving has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week, his first player of the week honor since the 2014-15 season. (SI)

๐Ÿ˜ Fort Worth officials are considering an affordable housing bond in 2026 โ€” a first for the city. (KERA)

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5. ๐ŸŒฎ One taco to go: Gipsy Lime

When Mexican food represents other cultures. Photo: Naheed "Nomad" Rajwani-Dharsi

Our latest taco craving took us to an Irving taco shop with large TVs and margaritas served on metal trees.

What to order: K-Pop and Red Scorpion Sting tacos

Where: Gipsy Lime, 8701 Cypress Waters Blvd. in Irving

Cost: $6 for gourmet tacos. Street tacos start at $3.25.

A heap of fries, sour creme, beef and cheese
Heap of calories we couldn't resist. Photo: Naheed "Cheesy" Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

Pro tip: The carne asada fries are $13.50, but totally worth it.

Six-word review: Fusion of flavors, meats and veggies.

๐Ÿค” Know a great taco we should try? Hit reply and tell us.

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Carolyn DiPaolo.

Our picks:

๐ŸŒœ Tasha is listening to Denton band Sin Razรณn after hearing them play during the eclipse.

๐Ÿคฒ Naheed is reading how some local Muslims observed the eclipse.

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