Millions of people will look to the sky midday Monday and see the moon briefly block out the sun. It will not be a total eclipse in North Texas, but 75 percent of the sun will be covered and visibility is expected to be good.
Locally the eclipse should begin around 11:40 a.m. and last until about 2:30 p.m. It will reach its maximum coverage around 1:09 p.m.
NORTH TEXAS VIEWING PARTIES
At the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field Airport, visitors can view the rare event through the museum's solar telescope. The first 300 visitors will get a free pair of solar eclipse glasses. http://www.flightmuseum.com/solar-eclipse-watch-party/
The University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium is hosting an event at noon. It starts with "Astronomy 101: Eclipses explained." People can buy solar eclipse shades from the gift shop. There will be vendors and other activities before the event wraps up at 2:30 p.m. https://events.uta.edu/event/solar_eclipse_event_at_uta_planetarium?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=University+of+Texas+at+Arlington#.WZqtS1GQyUk
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will have hands-on eclipse themed activities. It's from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. http://www.fwmsh.org/great-american-eclipse
The public can watch the solar eclipse on the world's largest TV at the Texas Motor Speedway. Best viewing is expected to be at 1:09 p.m. http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/news/news-releases/posts/2017/august/texas-motor-speedway-to-host-solar-eclipse-watch-party-on-world-s-largest-tv/
There's a Solar Eclipse Party at the Dallas Arboretum. You can bring a picnic lunch or eat at the Terrace Cafe. There will be jumbo games on the lawn and free special viewing glasses. It's from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/
Stop by Ray Roberts Lake State Park Isle du Bois anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to watch the eclipse. Visitors will be able to view the event through a telescope equipped with a solar filter. https://www.facebook.com/events/1722597851379162/
The University of North Texas' Rafes Urban Astronomy Center will have several telescopes with eclipse filters ready to track the sun. The first 200 guests will also receive eclipse glasses and there will be a TV monitor set up inside a classroom for people to take photos with their cellphone. http://astronomy.unt.edu/events/solar-eclipse-event
SMU physics professors will use mirrors to project the total eclipse of the sun onto the Dallas Hall rotunda. There will also be a homebrew viewing tunnel attached to a telescope on the lawn of Dallas Hall. https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/dallas
The Perot Museum will have an eclipse watch party with a live NASA feed on the plaza and from the theater. There will be additional sun-sational eclipse excitement including a DJ with a sun and moon-themed playlist and moonwalk dancing contests. http://www.perotmuseum.org/visit-the-museum/events.html?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017-08-09%5BMem%5DAll%2CMaya%2CTax-freeWeekend%2CSolarEclipse&utm_content=version_A&promo=3648
ECLIPSE GLASSES & PINHOLE VIEWERS
The special glasses needed to view the solar eclipse are sold out in most stores. If you already have a pair, make sure they are legit. Look for the ISO stamp and make sure you can't see anything but the sun when looking through them. FOX 4's Steve Noviello explains: http://www.fox4news.com/news/consumer/273744049-story
No glasses? Build your own pinhole viewer from items you likely have around the house: http://www.fox4news.com/trending/274626923-story
Dr. Morgan Rehnberg from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History said really anything such as a piece of printer paper with a hole in it will act as sort of a tiny camera lens. As the sunlight filters through it will project an image of the sun being eclipsed by the moon on whatever is behind it.
CAN YOU WATCH THE ECLIPSE USING A CELLPHONE CAMERA?
The answer is yes but it might not be worth it.
NASA advises to use a solar filter over any camera to keep sensors safe. But if you think they faked the moon landing, perhaps you'll trust Apple instead. The company told USA Today that pointing an iphone at the sun, even during an eclipse, won't do any damage.
If you're willing to risk it, here are tips for taking a selfie with the eclipse: http://www.fox4news.com/news/fox-content-hub/273806672-story
WATCH ON TV OR ONLINE
FOX 4 will have live coverage of the eclipse beginning at noon. There will also be a special presentation at 1 p.m. You can also watch a live stream of the event on FOX4News.com and FOX 4 News on Facebook.More