As Dripping Springs prepares for a total solar eclipse this upcoming spring, the chance to see an annular eclipse this fall will arrive in less than a month.

The gist

An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving a “ring of fire” of what remains visible of the sun. Dripping Springs will experience 89% coverage of the sun, meaning spectators in the city will not see a complete “ring of fire,” city officials said.

On Oct. 14, the eclipse will begin at 10:23 a.m. and end at 1:32 p.m. Coverage will peak at 11:53 a.m.

In preparation for the event, the city has launched a website with information for community members, businesses and potential visitors. Glasses and other merchandise are available to purchase online.

Additionally, a display will be installed at Veterans Memorial Park, 511 E. Mercer St., which will serve as an educational component as well as a photo opportunity for visitors, Dripping Springs Communications Director Lisa Sullivan said.

What’s next

For the total solar eclipse taking place April 8, Dripping Springs will be in the direct path beginning at 12:15 p.m. The full eclipse will begin at 1:34 p.m., and the moon will completely block the sun for about three minutes.

The city expects a 25% increase in visitors to view the event. Mercer Street will be closed for a party celebrating the event from April 7-8 and will feature vendors and entertainment, Sullivan said.

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