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Published on February 25, 2024
Central Texas Set to Gaze at Rare 'Double Diamond Ring' During Total Solar EclipseSource: CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/D. Munizaga, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Stargazers in Central Texas are in for a rare treat this April as a total solar eclipse is set to feature an elusive "double diamond ring" effect. This unique spectacle, as explained by KXAN, occurs when the sun's light shines through the valleys and craters on the moon's surface right before and after totality, the phase when the moon completely blocks the sun.

According to cartographer Michael Zeiler, referenced by KXAN, viewers specifically west of Fredericksburg and Kerrville might get to witness this effect. Zeiler utilized detailed lunar topographic data from NASA and Japanese lunar orbiters to accurately predict the locations where this dual sparkle could be observed.

As the community gears up for this celestial event, it's crucial to remember that safety comes first. The proper wearing of solar eclipse glasses is a must to protect one's eyes from the sun's harmful rays during the eclipse. The city of University Heights in Ohio has made preparations by ordering 10,000 pairs of protective eyewear for its residents, a safety initiative reported by BNN Breaking News.

Described by local communities as more than just an astronomical event, the total solar eclipse and the "double diamond ring" phenomenon bring people together to marvel at the grandeur above. With thousands expected to flock to Central Texas, and other areas in North America marked by Zeiler's 14 detailed maps, enthusiasts will have the unique chance to briefly remove their glasses at the peak of totality and safely enjoy the cosmic show.

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