On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a total solar eclipse, and Cottonwood Shores, TX, is in the direct path of totality. In a solar eclipse, the moon gets between the Sun and Earth. In a total solar eclipse, people in the path of totality see the Sun’s bright disk totally covered by the moon for a short time. Totality begins at approximately 1:35 p.m. and lasts about 4 minutes 23.5 seconds.
For a total solar eclipse to take place, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. Weather permitting, people located in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will become very dark for a few minutes, as if it were night. Normally, when looking at the sun, you can only see the photosphere, the bright surface.
However, extending about 5,000 km above the photosphere is the region of the solar atmosphere called the chromosphere. It is only seen during total solar eclipses, or with sophisticated telescopes, and its red and pinkish color gives the blackened moon a thin halo of color against the greyish corona. People in the path of a total solar eclipse can also see the sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the sun. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can briefly remove their eclipse glasses, during the few moments when the moon is completely blocking the sun.
Yes, not only will Cottonwood Shores be in the path of totality for the 2024 total eclipse, the town will experience an annular solar eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023.
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”) when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are unsafe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.
It is not recommended to buy solar eclipse glasses from Amazon or third party’s that may not be reputable. Buy from a reputable source
Glasses will be available at:
Predicting how many visitors will come to Cottonwood Shores to view the Eclipse is difficult. The city is basing the expected number of visitors on historical numbers from a Solar Eclipse that occurred in 2017 from surrounding cities. Cities in the path of totality in 2017 for the duration that surrounding cities saw a mass influx of thousands of visitors to their town. As long as weather permits, the city of Cottonwood Shores can likely predict:
The city is undergoing internal planning and public outreach to ensure we are prepared for the Solar Eclipse 2024 event.
The County, the Sheriff’s Department, the City of Cottonwood Shores’ Police and Fire Departments, and Marble Falls EMS are working concurrently to address public safety and prepare for the event by gathering information, planning, managing logistics, gathering supplies, and training.
The County and the City are doing public outreach to gather information and ensure the public is prepared for the Solar Eclipse event by hosting town halls. They are also working on determining public viewing sites and handling logistics for the week of the event, including securing port-o-potties, road closures, security, and more.
The decision to stay open is up to each business. Non-essential businesses may not need to be open.
If you choose to stay open, please ensure you are prepared. Also, this is your opportunity to think outside the box for businesses that remain open. Consider what services and/or products may not be readily available and provide them to improve your customers’ experience.
Partial Start time is 12:18:05 (12:18 PM).
Starting at 13:35:25 (1:35 PM) on Monday April 8, 2024 the city of Cottonwood Shores will experience a total Solar Eclipse for 4 minutes and 24.3 seconds.
Merchandise can be purchased at nearby stores or you can go by the Cottonwood Shores City Hall and pick up a pair.
The City of Cottonwood Shores is not organizing an event but rather managing the influx of people in Cottonwood Shores, Texas focusing on safety and traffic management.
Residents and Business Owners that are hosting events for the Solar Eclipse in April 2024 are encouraged to submit an event form for emergency management purposes and to have their event posted on the Cottonwood Shores Website Calendar.
The Calendar will continue to populate as the event approaches.
Event organizers, residents, and business owners that are hosting public events for the Solar Eclipse 2024 are encouraged to submit a Solar Event Submission Form.
Event organizers, residents, and business owners that are hosting private events for the Solar Eclipse 2024 are encouraged to submit an Eclipse Event Submission Form.
Your private event will not be posted on public websites; however; the submittal will notify emergency personnel of the event in case of emergency.
Per City of Cottonwood Shores Code of Ordinances
Camping on public or private property.
Public Property. It shall be unlawful for any person to camp, pitch camp or otherwise stop, erect or park any vehicle, tent, trailer or structure, for the purpose of camping or residing therein, upon any street, alley, park or other public property within the corporate limits of the city.
Private Property. It shall be unlawful for any person to camp, pitch camp or otherwise stop, erect or park any vehicle, tent, trailer or structure, for the purpose of camping or residing therein, upon any private property, without the permission of the owner. Such property, so utilized, shall be equipped with pure water, sanitary facilities and otherwise meet all regulations and requirements of the ordinances of the city in all matters regulating health and sanitation.
Bathing, swimming, fishing or wading in Lake Marble Falls or Lake LBJ are not prohibited as long as the rules and regulations of the parks are followed.
Hours of operation/temporary closures by the city.
Unless otherwise closed, and unless such closure is noted by signs posted at the park(s), city parks are open daily to the public as follows:
The city expressly reserves the right to close, or otherwise limit access to, any city park, recreational facility, or other public property under the control of the city if, in the opinion of the city, conditions such as inclement weather, poor field/ground conditions, or other park, grounds, equipment or facility conditions exist that would make occupancy and/or use of the city property dangerous to the public or detrimental to the public property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to enter into a closed city property or otherwise use a closed facility. Additionally, it shall be unlawful for any person to damage closed city property, through any use thereof, when field, grounds, equipment, or facility conditions exist such that use may result in abnormal wear and tear, in extraordinary maintenance, or necessitate unusual repairs of such properties.