Every Dripping Springs ISD student will receive a pair of eclipse glasses to safely view the upcoming total solar eclipse this April.

The gist

The Dripping Springs Community Library is providing the glasses through a sponsorship to the city of Dripping Springs’ eclipse task force, which is preparing residents for the event.

Dripping Springs residents get to experience the total solar eclipse April 8. The moon will completely block the sun at 1:34 p.m. and will leave the city in total darkness for three minutes.

DSISD will be closed for the eclipse.

Zooming in

Mercer Street in Downtown Dripping Springs will be closed for a “sunblock” party from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8 to view the eclipse. The event will include music, food and vendors.

This is the second eclipse Central Texans will see within six months, but the first total solar eclipse since the 1800s for Dripping Springs, according to city officials. In October, residents were able to see an annular eclipse, which is when the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving a “ring of fire” of what remains visible of the sun.

Dripping Springs experienced 89% coverage of the sun, meaning spectators in the city did not see a complete “ring of fire,” city officials said.

Quote of note

“By investing in educational initiatives like this, we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and astronomers while contributing to the overall well-being of our wonderful local school community,” DSCL Director Mindy Laird said in a news release.

For more information, visit www.drippingeclipse.com.