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Experience the Historic Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will trace a narrow path across the United States, and Commerce, Texas, is in the path of totality! For approximately four minutes, Commerce will experience a 360-degree sunset dark enough to see planets, bright stars and the Sun’s corona!

This is your chance to experience history! The last total solar eclipse visible from Commerce happened on April 28, 1557, and won’t be visible again in our area until July 9, 2317!

Check here for upcoming details, eclipse information, resources and viewing opportunities!

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What is an eclipse?

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Fun Fact

The Moon is about 400 times smaller than the Sun, but the Sun is 400 times further away.  Therefore, the Moon and Sun appear almost exactly the same size in our sky! The distance from Earth to the Moon changes slightly as the Moon orbits Earth. When the Moon is slightly closer to Earth than usual, it appears slightly larger than the Sun. When it is slightly further away from Earth, the Moon appears slightly smaller than the Sun.  These differences aren’t obvious to us, but it can greatly change the type of eclipse that we see!

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Solar Eclipses

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Most people never see an annular eclipse or a total solar eclipse because the Moon is relatively small and its shadow on Earth is only about 150 miles across.  Only the people in that narrow stripe get to see the Moon and Sun exactly aligned, while other places on Earth will only see a partial solar eclipse, or perhaps no eclipse at all!

An annular eclipse or a total solar eclipse will happen somewhere on Earth about once every year, but because the eclipse path is so narrow, any given spot on Earth only gets to see an eclipse every 400 years or so on average.

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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