It's almost here.

An astrological phenomenon that most never get to see in their lifetime. A total solar eclipse will be cutting a swath through the heart of Texas on the afternoon of April 8.

The northern portions of east Texas will be in this path. Cities such as Athens, Gilmer, Sulphur Springs, Texarkana, and Tyler (but not Longview) will see the sun 100% obscured.

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Close, But Not Quite for Deep East Texas

Anyone in Lufkin or Nacogdoches will need to travel about an hour and a half to reach the area of totality. A trip to Tyler or Frankston will get you there.

Actually, you'll need to go to the western part of Frankston, the eastern part will get 99.99% obscurity. The sun will be 100% obscured for all of Tyler, but 99.97% obscured in neighboring Whitehouse.

Exact Solar Eclipse Numbers of the Pineywoods

I found an interactive website that gives eclipse data related to any specific location. This Time and Date website gives the maximum percentage of obscuration when the total or partial eclipse will begin and end, as well as the total duration of the eclipse event.

Let's take a look at eclipse specifics for Deep East Texas (all times are p.m.)

City/Landmark - Nacogdoches (SFA Campus)

  • Obscuration - 97.64%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:44
  • Partial Ends - 3:04

City/Landmark - Lufkin (Lufkin High School)

  • Obscuration - 96.95%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:44
  • Partial Ends - 3:04

City/Landmark - Hudson (Hudson ISD)

  • Obscuration - 97.21%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:44
  • Partial Ends - 3:04

City/Landmark - Crockett (Civic Center)

  • Obscuration - 98.50%
  • Partial Begins - 12:23
  • Maximum - 1:43
  • Partial Ends - 3:03

City/Landmark - Livingston (Camp Cho-Yeh)

  • Obscuration - 95.74%
  • Partial Begins - 12:22
  • Maximum - 1:42
  • Partial Ends - 3:03

City/Landmark - Woodville (Heritage Village)

  • Obscuration - 94.80%
  • Partial Begins - 12:23
  • Maximum - 1:43
  • Partial Ends - 3:04

City/Landmark - Jasper (Airport)

  • Obscuration - 94.17%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:44
  • Partial Ends - 3:05

City/Landmark - Lake Sam Rayburn (Broaddus)

  • Obscuration - 95.92%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:45
  • Partial Ends - 3:05

City/Landmark - Hemphill (Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum)

  • Obscuration - 95.06%
  • Partial Begins - 12:25
  • Maximum - 1:45
  • Partial Ends - 3:06

City/Landmark - Center (High School)

  • Obscuration - 97.14%
  • Partial Begins - 12:25
  • Maximum - 1:45
  • Partial Ends - 3:06

City/Landmark - Mt. Enterprise (Whataburger)

  • Obscuration - 98.47%
  • Partial Begins - 12:25
  • Maximum - 1:45
  • Partial Ends - 3:05

City/Landmark - Rusk (TX State Railroad Depot)

  • Obscuration - 99.18%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:44
  • Partial Ends - 3:04

City/Landmark - Grapeland (Salmon Lake Park)

  • Obscuration - 99.03%
  • Partial Begins - 12:23
  • Maximum - 1:43
  • Partial Ends 3:03

City/Landmark - Lovelady (High School)

  • Obscuration - 98.08%
  • Partial Begins - 12:22
  • Maximum - 1:42
  • Partial Ends - 3:03

City/Landmark - Onalaska (Highway 190 Bridge)

  • Obscuration - 96.53%
  • Partial Begins - 12:22
  • Maximum - 1:42
  • Partial Ends - 3:03

City/Landmark - Diboll (Neches Pines Golf Course)

  • Obscuration - 96.75%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:44
  • Partial Ends - 3:04

City/Landmark - Huntington (New Brookshire Brothers)

  • Obscuration - 96.59%
  • Partial Begins - 12:24
  • Maximum - 1:44
  • Partial Ends - 3:04

City/Landmark - San Augustine (Mission Delores)

  • Obscuration - 96.19%
  • Partial Begins - 12:25
  • Maximum - 1:45
  • Partial Ends - 3:05

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