Northwest ISD will provide more than 35,000 students and staff members solar eclipse glasses for the historic eclipse that North Texas residents will experience April 8.

The details

A district news release states that the glasses were donated by the Northwest ISD Education Foundation and the Perot Museum. The glasses will allow students and staff members to safely watch the event without harming their eyes.

What you need to know

According to the news release, North Texas is positioned to witness one of the best possible views of the eclipse because of the path of the moon.

Beginning at about 12:23 p.m., the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region will experience a partial solar eclipse, which will then transition into a total solar eclipse at approximately 1:45 p.m.

The news release states that the total solar eclipse will last about four minutes, according to NASA, while the partial solar eclipse will last roughly two and a half hours.

Northwest ISD officials will provide students with the opportunity to witness the total solar eclipse shortly before it begins, the news release states. Prior to the day of the eclipse, students will learn more about the science of the eclipse in the classroom. Depending on the grade level and content, lessons will be shared with teachers to use with their students to explore this phenomenon.

Zooming in

According to the American Astronomical Society, those wishing to witness the eclipse should use eclipse glasses that meet international safety standards—also known as meeting ISO requirements.

According to the news release, the total solar eclipse represents a rare occasion, as the next solar eclipse visible in the U.S. won’t occur for another 20 years.