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April 2024 | By Brynne Harder and Dan Olsen

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In the Path of Totality

The April 8 Solar Eclipse By the Numbers

eclipse diagram


of people in the U.S. will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse in April.

In Texas, totality (the phase when the moon completely blocks the sun) will last up to 4 minutes, 26 seconds — just two seconds shy of the longest possible totality anywhere. The exact totality you experience will depend on where you are located. Even within a city, the length can vary by a few seconds or more than a minute.

Recent estimates predict 270,000 to 1.1 million people visiting Texas for the eclipse. We won’t know the full impact until after the event, but we can still look at what’s already happening by the numbers.

map of Texas shows areas and times of totality

Circles indicate areas of totality at the times indicated.

Totality will last for up to 4 minutes 26 seconds depending on where you are located within the circle.


12.8 Million Number of Texans living in the path of totality.

Central Region


20,000 Maximum possible number for Eclipse Over Texas, an event provided by the city of Waco, Baylor University, Lowell Observatory and Discovery Channel.

$20 Price of a general admission ticket to Eclipse Over Texas.

$13 million Estimated total in lodging sales from the eclipse, as of December 2023.

4 minutes
11 seconds
Duration of Totality in Waco.

Capital Region


861Number of eclipse glasses sold by Visit Austin, as of March 19, 2024.

#2Ranking out of all eclipse destinations for hotel room bookings.

78%Downtown hotel occupancy for Sunday, April 7, 2024, up from an average of 55 percent in April 2023.

1 minute
40 seconds
Duration of totality in Austin.

Alamo Region

San Antonio

$5 Cost of commemorative eclipse glasses featuring the Alamo roofline.

9 Number of eclipse watching events hosted by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Special operating hours at Six Flags® Fiesta Texas.

Duration of Totality in San Antonio Because the path of totality crosses through San Antonio, some areas will have a totality duration of more than 3 minutes, while others will experience a partial eclipse.

Note: Except for when otherwise stated, information is as of March 22, 2024.

Sources: NASA;;; Visit Austin; Expedia Group; City of Waco; Source Strategies; San Antonio Parks and Recreation; Six Flags® Fiesta Texas; The Alamo