While enjoying this view, NASA says: '' you need to protect your eyes. Don't stare. Even at maximum eclipse, it can still cause pain and eye damage. Direct viewing should only be attempted with the aid of a safe solar filter."

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Punching a hole in cardboard and projecting the light to seep through onto a surface away from the sun is one of the safest ways you can view a solar eclipse. You can also let a tree do the work for you with those overlapping leaves. The cosmos today will cast an afternoon delight over the country, with a partial solar eclipse.

The moon will clip the sun making it look like a crescent as it sets in the west. 4:45 p.m. CT is the best time to get a view. Those here in the panhandle will have a great view.

The eclipse should last for over two hours. If you miss this one, the next solar eclipse over North America will occur in about three years. It will be a total eclipse, which is much more rare.