A total solar eclipse is coming to North Texas, and people are invited to attend viewing parties in the Flower Mound, Highland Village and Argyle area.

What’s happening?

More than 300 North Texas cities will see the eclipse pass over Dallas-Fort Worth on April 8. According to the Total Eclipse DFW website, North Texas is positioned to witness one of the best possible views of the eclipse because of the path of the moon.

In a total eclipse, the moon will completely cover the sun for up to 4.5 minutes, depending on the viewpoint. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for North Texans, Total Eclipse DFW founder Jo Trizila said. The Dallas-Fort Worth area won’t see another total eclipse for about 300 years.

The specifics

The town of Flower Mound is hosting its “Total Eclipse of the Mound” event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Twin Coves Park. It will feature snacks and activities, including a ​special presentation on how wildlife respond to celestial events, according to a news release. Activities are free with paid entry to the park. Snacks will be sold for an additional cost. Solar eclipse viewing glasses can be purchased while supplies last. Attendees can purchase them at the event or ahead of time by contacting the park office at 972-874-6399.

The town of Argyle is hosting a solar eclipse viewing party from noon-2:30 p.m. at Unity Park. Attendees will receive free solar glasses available while supplies last. Parking for the event will be limited, according to the event description.

One more thing

Detailed information on how to safely view the eclipse can be found on NASA’s website.