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Aug. 17, 2017 - Eclipse Viewing Information

Partial Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, we will experience the first total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. since 1918. The total phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Plano, but it can be observed as a partial solar eclipse. We will experience about 75% coverage. 

  • Start time: 11:40 a.m.
  • Maximum: 1:09 p.m.
  • End time: 2:39 p.m.

Activities may vary by campus and classroom and could include:

  • Viewing the eclipse outdoors using certified eclipse viewing glasses or a pinhole projector.
  • Watching live coverage of the eclipse in the classroom. NASA is providing a live stream online at
  • Integrating the solar eclipse into other parts of the day’s curriculum.

Families can access informational resources via the NASA website, including safety tips, educational activities, videos and more:

We are looking forward to making this once-in-a-lifetime event meaningful for the students of Plano ISD. We wish you and your family a great summer and look forward to welcoming you back to school on August 21.