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Safety tips for viewing the eclipse

During the afternoon of Monday, April 8, we will experience a Total Solar Eclipse around 1:41 p.m. While this is a very rare event, there are many safety items to consider.

  • View the sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial-eclipse phases before and after totality.
  • You can view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection only when the moon completely obscures the sun’s bright face – during the brief and spectacular period known as totality. (You’ll know it’s safe when you can no longer see any part of the sun through eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.)
  • As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the sun.
  • DO NOT look at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will cause serious eye injury. 

If you are driving during the event:

  • Ensure your vehicle headlights are on;
  • DO NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving;
  • DO NOT take pictures or video while driving;
  • DO NOT pull over or stop on the roadway and/or shoulder to view the eclipse;
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic.

Consider riding one of Trinity Metro’s buses to enjoy the event at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Trinity Metro has partnered with them to provide safe transit for people traveling to locations with eclipse-related events. For details, go to