Safety Tips for Upcoming Solar Eclipse

Avoid Looking Directly at the Sun Without Proper Viewing Glasses

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – On Monday, April 8, residents can witness a total solar eclipse. During this event, the moon is positioned close enough to Earth to completely block the sun, resulting in the visibility of only the sun’s corona or outer atmosphere.  

Since Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend will not be within the path of totality, those who plan to view the eclipse must use protective eyewear. The partial solar eclipse will begin at 12:13 p.m. and end at 2:54 p.m., with a maximum eclipse (92.9 % coverage) to occur at 1:33 p.m.  

In preparation for the solar eclipse, the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District does not recommend looking directly at the eclipse as it could permanently damage your eyesight. Instead, the Public Health District recommends:   

Do use safe solar viewing glasses (eclipse glasses) or solar filters that have:  

  • An ISO 12312-2:2015 certification that denotes the glasses reduce visible sunlight to safe levels and block UV and IR radiation.
  • The manufacturer’s name and address are printed somewhere on the product. 

Do not use solar viewing glasses (eclipse glasses) or solar filters that are:  

  • Missing ISO certification information.
  • Damaged, torn, scratched, or wrinkled lenses.
  • Made before 2015.
  • Homemade or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones. 

If you are watching an entire eclipse, you may be in direct sunlight for hours. Remember to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher, a hat, and protective clothing to prevent skin damage.

For more information, media representatives can contact Health District Public Information Officer Cassandra Hinojosa at 361-826-2944 or