From schools to area businesses, people around Richardson were captivated by today’s Total Solar Eclipse.

Richardson was among the many cities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to be in the path of totality, that’s when the moon passes in front of the sun causing darkness for a few minutes.

“This is a great lesson for everyone, I would say from young children to seniors, because it connects us with the universe in which we live. It’s an opportunity for everyone to experience authentic astronomy,” said Dr. Mary Urquhart, Planetary Scientist & Associate Professor at UTD.

Totality began at 12:23 p.m. and lasted until about 3:02 p.m., but it was the moments that started at 1:40 p.m. that brought many people together.

The next Total Solar Eclipse is expected to take place in 2044.