Killeen Eclipse 2024
Eclipse Over Central Texas
Experience the 2024 solar eclipse in Killeen!
The City of Killeen is partnering with the Central Texas College Mayborn Science Theater for the Solar Eclipse Over Central Texas event. Visit their site here Version OptionsKilleen Eclipse 2024Headline and you can view their schedule of events below in the FAQs.
Total Solar Eclipse 2024- What to Expect
Solar Eclipse 2024 Community Townhall (December 2023)
View our Eclipse Press Conference at CTC (November 2022)
The next solar eclipse will occur directly over Killeen. The event is not until Monday, April 8, 2024, BUT this only happens a few times in a lifetime, so you don’t want to miss it!
Frequently Asked Questions
The optimal time of visibility is at 1:36p.m. in Killeen for a duration of 4 minutes and 16 seconds.
- How many visitors are expected in the city/county leading up to and the day of the day of the eclipse—April 8, 2024?
Killeen’s population is estimated to double (160,000 X 2= 320,000). Bell County’s population is expected to triple.
If a citizen or business plans to host an event or Eclipse Watch Party, please complete this form
The City of Killeen Parks and Recreation is having a Laser Light Show at the Lions Club Park Family Recreation Center on Saturday, April 6, 2024. It will begin after sunset and last about 15 minutes.
The City of Killeen is partnering with Central Texas College and the Mayborn Science Theater.
Central Texas College Eclipse 2024 tentative Schedule of Events: Central Texas College Eclipse 2024 Schedule of Events (website for full list: https://www.ctcd.edu/Solar-Eclipse/)
Friday, April 5th - Mayborn Science Theater: Open 4-9p.m. for shows in the Planetarium
- Saturday, April 6th - Mayborn Science Theater: Open 11a.m. - 8p.m. for shows/speakers and crafts
- Saturday, April 6th - Mayborn Science Theater: Special Evening Event (Time is TBA)
- Sunday, April 7th - Mayborn Science Theater: Open 11a.m. - 8p.m. for shows, speakers and crafts
- Monday, April 8th- Mayborn Science Theater: Open to the public 8a.m. – 5:30p.m. Will have shows until 11:30a.m., then move for solar eclipse viewing; Shows return beginning at 3:30p.m.
- There will be presentations by NASA personnel, meteorologist Bill Hecke, and astronomer Warren Hart over the course of the three days. This will also be broadcast on KNCT-FM.
CTC will be selling merchandise and glasses from Friday, April 5th – Monday, April 8th, 2024. The glasses will be sold for $3 per pair.
At this time, no additional cell phone towers are planned. Citizens are encouraged to “Text if you can, Call if you must." Due to the bandwidth of video calls and calls in general, it is best for citizens to utilize texting for communication on April 8, 2024, to limit the congestion on the cellular networks.
Received 9-1-1 calls will be answered and prioritized as normal, but please understand that with the increase in traffic, it may take a little longer for units to get to citizens.
A reminder that Bell County 911 has a text option, so if there is a non-life threatening emergency, it is advised to use that option.
Killeen’s population is estimated to double (160,000 X 2= 320,000), so please know the following:
-Traffic impact: Heavy congestion is expected on major roads with traffic (Neighborhood/Community roads not expected to be as congested; avoid roads around planned events); Due to the traffic, it may take First Responders longer to arrive to an emergency call. Plan errands ahead of time.
-Gasoline: Recommended to fill up four days before the eclipse (Apr. 4), which should be enough to last until Apr. 9
-Groceries: Officials expect this time period to compare to crowds during a busy holiday weekend in stores, so suggest early shopping
-Wireless Network: “Text if you can, call if you must.” Wireless networks are not expected to crash, but there will be more citizens in our area using cellular devices; A reminder that Bell County 911 has a text option, so if there is a non-life-threatening emergency, it is advised to use that option. Video call services and apps will further slow the network. Home internet may be affected if connected to your cellular network and, if so, it will also be slower.
-Businesses: The City held two business townhalls in 2023; Businesses must prepare for the increase in population; It is recommended that businesses use forecasting systems and stock up as if it’s a special shopping weekend; curbside pickup and online ordering systems will be essential; business and employee hours may need to be adjusted around the eclipse time.
-Sign-up for emergency notifications by going to www.KilleenTexas.gov/OEM.
-The City held two business townhalls in 2023; Businesses must prepare for the increase in population.
-It is recommended that businesses use forecasting systems and stock up as if it’s a special shopping weekend
-Curbside pickup and online ordering/reservation systems will be essential for food or seating
-Business and employee hours may need to be adjusted around the eclipse time (with heavy traffic in mind)
-Stock up on fuel and groceries two weeks ahead of time and days after the event (April 8, 2024.)
-Sign-up for emergency notifications by going to www.KilleenTexas.gov/OEM.
-KISD has announced that April 8, 2024 will be a district holiday. Please look out for announcements directly from other school districts.
-Central Texas College will be closed on April 8, 2024. Please look out for announcements directly from the college
-Texas A&M University Central Texas will be open on April 8, 2024 and plan to incorporate a campus watch party for the eclipse. Please look out for announcements directly from the university.
- Fort Cavazos has announced that Apr. 8, 2024 will be a training holiday with essential personnel only. Please look out for announcements directly from the installation for more information.
Central Texas is not scheduled to experience one again for more than 40 years
Killeen has 2,500 rooms in 40 hotels across the city and all brand hotels have been sold out in the area. For rooms that are left, the average price is $300, but going for as much as $900 per night. Citizens can go to the Killeen Convention and Visitor’s Bureau webpage for more information on lodging, dining and more eclipse advice.
The City of Killeen has been working with our community partners since Spring 2022 to prepare, but we ask that citizens contact those individual organizations directly. They include Central Texas College, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Black Chamber of Commerce, National Mounted Warrior Museum, III Corps and Fort Cavazos, Texas A&M University-Central Texas and the Killeen Independent School District.
Yes, residents who have a normally-scheduled trash collection on Monday, April 8, will shift to Tuesday, April 9. Customers who normally have trash collection on Tuesday, April 9, will sift to Wednesday, April 10. All other days will remain as scheduled.
Central Texas College is asking for vendors to sign up on their site at https://www.ctcd.edu/Solar-Eclipse/. Users will click ‘vendors,’ and that will take vendors to the request form. CTC will review and contact the potential vendor.
- It is recommended that solar eclipse glasses have an ISO 12312-2 Safety standard if used. Residents can also contact Central Texas College’s Mayborn Science Center and Planetarium for best advice on proper eyewear for this upcoming solar eclipse.
- Looking directly at the sun is unsafe, except during the brief time that the moon entirely blocks the Sun
- The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe.
- If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
- Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
City of Killeen News Releases about the 2024 Solar Eclipse:
- Three months out: City of Killeen Prepares for Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024
- About a year out: City of Killeen preparing for Solar Eclipse 2024 (April 11, 2023)
- Killeen hosting Solar Eclipse 2024 townhalls for businesses (Feb. 14, 2023)
- About 500 days out: City of Killeen partnering with CTC for Solar Eclipse 2024 watch party events (Nov. 4, 2022)
|What is an eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun and the moon blocks the sun for a viewer on earth. During a total eclipse, the moon lines up perfectly to fully obscure the sun, resulting in "totality"; in a partial eclipse, the moon and the sun are not perfectly aligned and only part of the sun is blocked; and during an annular eclipse, alignment is perfect but the moon is too far away from he earth to completely obscure the sun. The fact that total solar eclipse is visible from earth only along a very narrow path for just a few short minutes makes totality one of nature's rarest events.
Image content provided by NationalEclipse.com