Eclipse Extravaganza: Total Solar Eclipse of 2024!

solar eclipse featureOn April 8, 2024, GVTC customers are in for a treat as a total solar eclipse will grace the skies of the Texas Hill Country, promising an unforgettable experience. Whether you're a seasoned stargazer or a newbie to the wonders of the cosmos, this is an event that you won't want to miss!

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

For those who may be unfamiliar, a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth's surface and temporarily blocking out the sun's rays. This rare alignment creates a mesmerizing display as the sky darkens, revealing the sun's corona in all its glory.

Where Can You See It?

Customers in the GVTC service area are perfectly positioned to witness this celestial phenomenon. Whether you're in the heart of downtown Boerne or venturing out into the picturesque Hill Country, you'll have a front-row seat to nature's greatest show. 

How Long Will It Last?

The duration of totality—the time when the sun is completely obscured by the moon—will vary depending on your location. On average, totality is expected to last four minutes, but those minutes will be packed with enough wonder to last a lifetime.

FAQs About Viewing the Eclipse:

Is it safe to look at a solar eclipse?

No, it's not safe to look directly at the sun during any phase of a solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Be sure to use certified solar viewing glasses or solar filters on telescopes or cameras to avoid damaging your eyes. Stop by our Boerne or Smithson Valley office to pick up some glasses for you and your family!

What should I bring with me to watch the eclipse?

Besides your eclipse glasses or viewers, consider bringing a chair or blanket for comfort, sunscreen, water, and snacks. Don't forget your camera or smartphone to capture the magic!

Fun Events to Attend:

Experience the excitement of the eclipse with these amazing nearby events:

Eclipse Festival at the Farm | Monday, April 8 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd. | $25

Join the Cibolo Center for Conservation for a viewing party, farmers market, and food trucks in Boerne!

Total Eclipse Experience | Saturday, April 6-Tuesday, April 9 | Times vary | Cave Without a Name, 325 Kreutzberg Rd., Boerne | $170+

Celebrate the event with a three-day camping experience, complete with live music, cave tours, hiking, and cutting geodes at Cave Without a Name.

Solar Eclipse Brunch | Monday, April 8 | 11 a.m. | The Moon’s Daughters 20th floor of Thompson San Antonio - Riverwalk, 115 Lexington Ave. | $99+

Indulge in a cosmic-themed brunch buffet, cocktails, a pair of eclipse glasses, and a rooftop view of the event at The Moon’s Daughters in San Antonio.

Hill Country Solar Eclipse Fest | Sunday, April 7-Tuesday, April 9 | Times vary | Lucky Arrow Retreat, 3600 Bell Springs Rd., Dripping Springs | $575-$2,400

Immerse yourself in a two-night glamping festival with eclipse-approved glasses and access to heated swimming pools, hot tubs, and fire pits at Lucky Arrow Retreat in Dripping Springs.

Special Message for GVTC Customers:

In preparation for the solar eclipse, GVTC will temporarily pause installations in the Boerne area, including Balcones, Kenberg, and Sabina, and close the Boerne office on April 8. Repairs will be limited in the Boerne area as well, but normal operations will continue in all other parts of our service area. Payment night drop access will be available at the Boerne office for customer convenience. Thank you for your understanding as we prepare for this cosmic event!

No matter where you choose to watch it from, the total solar eclipse promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who witness it. So grab your eclipse glasses, gather your loved ones, and get ready to marvel at the beauty of the cosmos right here in Texas!

Shop Now at

Back to Blog