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Experience a Once-in-a-Lifetime Total Solar Eclipse

Ennis is a hotspot for an extraordinary event on April 8: The Great North American Eclipse! 

As the official Bluebonnet City of Texas, this charming town invites guests every April to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of Texas’s beloved state flower. Now, it is one of the country’s best places to witness this phenomenal event. 

The skies over Ennis will go dark for 4 minutes and 23 seconds as the moon passes over the sun during a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse occurs at any specific location about once every 400 years. 

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A solar eclipse occurs when the moon positions itself between the sun and Earth. This celestial alignment culminates in a total eclipse when the sun, moon, and Earth align precisely.

Despite the sun’s diameter being 400 times larger than that of the moon, a fascinating coincidence unfolds—the moon is precisely 400 times farther away. This unique ratio contributes to the spectacular visual effect during an eclipse.

The eclipse casts a shadow on a portion of the Earth, characterized by two distinct regions: the umbra, where sunlight is entirely blocked, and the penumbra, where only a portion of the sun is obstructed. This interplay of shadows creates the mesmerizing phenomenon observed during a solar eclipse.

Even though the eclipse will pass through 13 U.S. states, Ennis stands uniquely along the center-line trajectory, ensuring an extended duration of totality—a phase during which the moon entirely covers the sun. This distinct positioning establishes Ennis as one of the premier places to witness the eclipse. Plus, Texas is poised to have the best eclipse-day weather in the country. What more can you ask for?

Notably, the longest duration, at 4 minutes and 27 seconds, occurs near Mexico, while Ennis will experience an impressive 4 minutes and 23 seconds, compared to, for example:

  • Waxahachie: 4 minutes 19 seconds
  • Corsicana: 4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Dallas: 3 minutes 49 seconds 

Ennis is expected to welcome an estimated 50,000 to 200,000 visitors, including people from around the globe eager to be in Texas for this incredible event. 

Get ready to be part of this unique event as Ennis takes center stage for enthusiasts and travelers. The total solar eclipse and the vibrant bluebonnet season create a distinctive atmosphere, solidifying Ennis as the premier destination for this celestial celebration. 

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So, buy your special dark glasses to protect your eyes and plan your trip to arrive early in the morning to secure a good viewing spot. Prepare to experience one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring events of the natural world! 

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Timetable of the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

  • Duration: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 45 seconds
  • Partial begins at 12:22:43 p.m.
  • Full begins at 1:40:02 p.m.
  • Maximum at 1:42:14 p.m.
  • Full ends at 1:44:25 p.m.
  • Partial ends: 3:02:28 pm

For more information, visit Check out this guide at to learn eclipse vocabulary.


H.B. Elliott

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