Texas Panhandle readies for 'Great American Eclipse'
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The Great American Eclipse arrives on Aug. 21.

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast. It is the first total solar eclipse to enter the continental U.S. in four decades, and the first time a total eclipse has moved from coast to coast since 1918.

In the Texas Panhandle, about 80 percent of the sun will disappear. That won't bring darkness, but it certainly will bring a spectacle that will draw eyes skyward.

Watch out, say Neal Nossaman, an optometrist with Broome Optical, and Amarillo College photography instructor Brent Cavanaugh. Looking at the sun on a regular day anyway is damaging, and the temptation to look at the slowly vanishing sun makes eclipses more dangerous.

Eyes and cameras must be protected with properly-shaded glass or special glasses.

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Mike Smith is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. Contact him at mike.smith@actx.edu, on Twitter at @newsmithm and on Facebook.