Two Eclipses Across Texas

Over the next year, Texans will have the opportunity to experience not one, but two eclipses: an annular solar eclipse, sometimes called a ‘ring of fire’, on October 14, 2023, and a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

The McDonald Observatory education and outreach team will provide online trainings for educators across the state with information about safely viewing the eclipse. For those who attend the trainings, we will distribute free eclipse viewers and educational materials about the science of eclipses.

StarDate Radio (produced by McDonald Observatory) will also create a special feature audio program about the eclipse that will be distributed to event partners throughout the state along with Public Service Announcements to help promote and educate a large audience about this special event.

Eclipse Training with McDonald Observatory 

During this training we'll cover safety, eclipse information, and hosting best practices.

After your training, you can expect additional information and resources, including a digital promotion kit. Some event locations will be selected to receive physical materials including eclipse viewers and StarDate Eclipse Guides.

If you are interested in receiving general information about the upcoming eclipses, please sign up with the form on the right.

If you are interested in attending a training (via Zoom) and hosting an event, please submit your information below.

Thursday, June 22, 12-1:30pm
Friday, June 23, 10-11:30am
Friday, July 21, 10am and 1pm


Contact us at to discuss a custom training session. 

Additional Resources


These activities and resources are available thanks to generous support from the Abell-Hanger Foundation and Friends of McDonald Observatory