Project Mexico / USA Total Solar Eclipse Observation Site

After the very short eclipse of 2023, the duration of the 8th April 2024 event offers a quite different experience, with up to four and a half minutes at the mid-point of the track.

This solar eclipse begins in the Pacific and the shadow of the Moon reaches land on the west coast of Mexico near Mazatlán, moving inland to reach maximum eclipse duration in an arid desert region north of the city of Torreon.  The eclipse provides a chance for a large part of the US population to observe the event as the shadow moves across the Mexican border near Dallas and then crosses the country to Maine and into Canada at New Brunswick and out into the Atlantic.

TSE2024 Track Map

Our proposed main observation site in Mexico is approximately 23 miles north west of Torreon in Coahuila State. This is a barren desert region, with negligible precipitation in April. The cloud prediction is the lowest of any point along the eclipse track and as the sun is almost overhead, the prospects of a clear view of the eclipse are very good. The location at the mid-point of the track also provides a very long duration of almost 4½ minutes.

Mexico Site Data

 

25° 50' 04.96" N     103° 35' 56.36" W

Total Eclipse Duration 4m 27.6s

(lunar limb corrected)

Altitude: 1115m (3658ft)

Start of partial eclipse     12:00:14.8         
Start of total eclipse        13:17:00.3   
End of total eclipse         13:21:28.3  
End of partial eclipse      14:41:34.9

(Local times)

Scenery near Torreon Observation Site for the 2024 total eclipse

We also have two other tour observation day locations - one based in Niagara Falls (Ontario) and the other based in Waco Texas.  Whilst we will have an Astro Trails base at both locations you are free to find your own spot to view as there are many options.

Niagara Site Data

 

43° 05' 07.51" N     79° 04' 34.39" W

Total Eclipse Duration 3m 27.9s

(lunar limb corrected)

Altitude: 158m (518ft)

Start of partial eclipse     14:04:48.8   
Start of total eclipse        15
:18:15.7
End of total eclipse         15:21:46.6
End of partial eclipse      16:31:56.1

(Local times)

The spectacular Niagara Waterfalls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America and during peak daytime tourist hours, more than six million cubic feet of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute.

This is a established tourist area with many well-manicured view points offering possibilities for interesting pictures of an eclipse above the falls. We will establish a meeting/help point for the group but you have many options to choose your own location.

April is at the end of the Niagara’s cloudier season and although not the clearest part of the track, prospects for a clear view of the eclipse are still very good.

Niagara Falls - 2024 total eclipse

Waco Site Data

 

31° 32' 02.54" N     97° 14' 19.01" W

Total Eclipse Duration 4m 16.4s

(lunar limb corrected)

Altitude: 142m (465ft)

Start of partial eclipse     11:20:18.2  
Start of total eclipse        12
:37:46.9
End of total eclipse         12:42:02.6
End of partial eclipse      15:00:29.7

(Local times)

Named after the area's first inhabitants, the Huaco Indians, Waco lies along the Brazos River, which runs directly through the city.  It is home to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum which traces the history of the state law enforcement agency and displays vintage badges and weapons. The Dr Pepper Museum pays homage to the famed, locally invented soft drink and the Waco Mammoth National Monument is a fossil site which is home to the bones of Columbian mammoths. 

 

We plan to observe the eclipse from a location on the west shore of Lake Waco

Lake Waco