Texas Awaits Rare Double Eclipse Phenomenon, Texas A&M Forest Service Encourages Safe Recreation

Texans are gearing up for a celestial spectacle as the Lone Star State prepares for two extraordinary eclipse events within the span of six months. The first of these mesmerizing events, an annular solar eclipse, is set to grace the skies on October 14. During this event, observers in parts of Texas will be treated to a breathtaking “ring of fire” as the moon casts a shadow, creating a unique and awe-inspiring sight.

Adding to the astronomical excitement, the second eclipse, a total solar eclipse, is slated to occur on April 8, 2024. This eclipse will traverse across the path of the earlier annular eclipse, promising another remarkable display for sky gazers.

In anticipation of these celestial marvels, the Texas A&M Forest Service has issued a reminder for eclipse enthusiasts to prioritize safety and environmental responsibility. Emily Wall, Chief Operating Officer Forest Resource Protection at Texas A&M Forest Service, emphasized the significance of responsible recreation during these events.

“With the first of two eclipse events approaching, we expect Texans and visitors alike to travel across the state and gather on public lands to get a great view,” Wall stated. “We encourage everyone to get outside and appreciate this rare occurrence. However, it is important that all eclipse-watchers leave no trace and take care of the lands that we all enjoy.”

To ensure a safe and enjoyable eclipse viewing experience, the Texas A&M Forest Service has shared valuable tips for eclipse enthusiasts:

  1. Leave No Trace: Practice responsible and respectful recreation by staying on trails, packing out trash, and being mindful of wildlife and fellow eclipse-watchers. Take only memories, leaving nature undisturbed.
  2. Prevent Wildfires: Exercise caution to avoid sparking wildfires. Refrain from driving or parking on tall, dry grass, and be mindful of dragging chains. Regularly check tire pressure to minimize fire risks.
  3. Use Local Firewood: To curb the spread of invasive pests and diseases, purchase and use firewood locally. Burning firewood from the area where you are staying helps maintain the local ecosystem.
  4. Properly Extinguish Campfires: When enjoying campfires, ensure they are fully extinguished before leaving. Drown the fire, stir the embers, drown again, and touch to confirm – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Learn more and download resources to help enjoy a safe Texas Two-Step Eclipse experience: https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/TexasEclipse/