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story.lead_photo.caption In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 file photo, Emmalyn Johnson, 3, tries on her free pair of eclipse glasses at Mauney Memorial Library in Kings Mountain, N.C. Glasses are being given away at the library for free while supplies last ahead of the big event on Aug. 21.

Clouds or clear skies, the Aug. 21 eclipse has the potential to permanently damage unprotected eyes and one Fayetteville native wants to make sure young ones are protecting their sight.

Frank Sperandeo, 81, stopped by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to share three different methods for viewing the eclipse. Two include common packing and shipping materials. The third is a black sheet of paper cut into two squares. One square has a hole the size of a quarter cut out of it and the second square is placed underneath it so what sunlight there is goes through the hole and onto the second sheet of paper.

"The main thing here is safety," Sperandeo said.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported Northwest Arkansas will experience 90 percent of the eclipse. In Fayetteville, the eclipse will begin at 11:43 a.m. and end at 2:41 p.m., with the event peaking at 1:13 p.m. and 90.6 percent coverage, according to NASA.

NW News on 08/17/2017

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