Public Invited to TCC Campuses for Solar Eclipse Viewing

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Tarrant County College community will celebrate the Great North American Eclipse — a total eclipse passing over Mexico, the United States and Canada — Monday, April 8, and the public is invited to any TCC campus for a free public viewing and various activities for all ages.

Special glasses will be available to safely experience this historic event.

TCC Connect: Virtual Solar Eclipse Live Stream
Join NASA live stream

TCC Northeast: Solar Eclipse Watch Party
Time: noon-3 p.m.
Location: NSCW Northeast Science West, plaza outside NLIB and NSCW
View the livestream from TCC Northeast

TCC Northwest: Eclipse Watch Party
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: NW05, lobby and outside area

TCC South: Sun Block Party
Time: noon-2 p.m.
Location: SLIB South Library, patio area

TCC Southeast: Trailblazers’ Total Eclipse
Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: SE07 pavilion

TCC Trinity River: Solar Eclipse Watch Party
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: TRTR parking garage 7th floor

For a list of solar eclipse events at TCC go to

Things to know about the solar eclipse

Astronomers report that Texas is one of 13 states in the path of totality and that Dallas is the only Texas city where maximum umbra will occur. According to, the deepest, longest duration for the moon shadow will 4.5 minutes over Northern Mexico, just before the shadow is cast on Texas. Raymond Benge, associate professor of physics and astronomy at TCC Northeast, predicts the eclipse will be total at the Hurst campus from 1:40 to 1:43 p.m., with approximately 2 minutes 39 seconds of totality there.

  • TCC Northwest: 1 minute 44 seconds of totality
  • TCC South: 3 minutes 4 seconds of totality
  • TCC Southeast: 3 minutes 41 seconds of totality
  • TCC Trinity River: 2 minutes 31 seconds of totality

If the eclipse sparks your interest, TCC’s next astronomy class takes place this fall, starting Aug. 19. Visit for a list of courses.


Tarrant County College is one of the nation’s largest higher education institutions and boasts the second lowest tuition of Texas’ Top 10 community colleges. A comprehensive two-year college with six campuses in Tarrant County and online classes, TCC offers a range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees; workforce and economic development programs; technical and skilled trades programs; and customized training for area businesses and corporations.