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2024 Solar Eclipse Information

For the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, High Chaparral Park in Copperas Cove, TX, will experience the phenomenon of totality. The eclipse is set to occur on April 8, 2024, with the following schedule:

12:18:35 Partial Eclipse Begins – The moment the edge of the Moon touches the edge of the Sun is called first contact (Direction 140°, Altitude 60.7°)

13:35:58 Totality Begins – The moment the edge of the Moon covers all of the Sun is called second contact. (Direction 182°, Altitude 66.5°)

13:38:11 Maximum Eclipse – The deepest point of the eclipse, with the Sun at its most hidden. (Direction 183°, Altitude 66.4°)

13:40:23 Totality Ends – The moment the edge of the Moon exposes the Sun is called third contact. (Direction 185°, Altitude 66.4°)

14:58:59 Partial Eclipse Ends – The moment the edge of the Moon leaves the edge of the Sun is called fourth contact (Direction 225°, Altitude 59.3°)

During totality, observers in High Chaparral Park will be able to experience approximately 4 minutes of the total eclipse, which is when the sky darkens during the day and the sun’s corona becomes visible. This is a rare and dramatic event, with the next total solar eclipse not due in North America until 2045.

Essential Camping Gear Checklist

Tent

A tent that fits within the allocated campsite space, considering enough room for your car and outdoor seating. Remember, the tent should comfortably fit the number of people staying in it.

Sleeping Bags

A comfortable sleeping bag suited to the expected weather conditions. If the nights are expected to be cool, make sure it’s rated for lower temperatures.

Camping Chairs

Compact, foldable camping chairs that can be easily stored when not in use.

Sleeping Pads or Air Mattresses

For added comfort and insulation from the ground.

Food, Water and Snacks

Non-perishable food items and any perishables that can be kept cool in a cooler.

Lanterns, Flashlights, Headlamps

With extra batteries for when the sun goes down.

Solar Power Bank

To keep your devices charged without using your car battery.

Trash and Recycling Bags

To keep your campsite clean and adhere to leave-no-trace principles.

Sun Protection

Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

Bug Repellent

To keep the mosquitos and other insects at bay.

Warm Clothing and Rain Gear

Even if the forecast is clear, it’s best to prepare for unexpected weather changes.

Toiletries and Towels

Eco-friendly where possible.