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Buyer Beware: Fake Solar Eclipse Protective Glasses Are Flooding The Market

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The American Astronomical Society has released updated guidelines for how to find out if your eclipse glasses are safe, and where to buy certified eclipse glasses. Please note, comment and forward....the total solar eclipse is Aug. 21.

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Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 5:05 pm
The Federal Trade Commission has also released a statement with safety guidlines for solar viewing glasses.

If you're planning to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, make sure you've got the right safety gear.

Phony eclipse glasses are currently flooding the marketplace, according to the American Astronomical Society (AAS). This counterfeit equipment falsely claims to meet the international standard for safe solar viewing, which is known as ISO 12312-2 (also written as ISO 12312-2:2015).

So how do you know that your eclipse glasses or handheld viewers are safe? You can't really check them yourself; doing so requires pretty high-tech lab equipment. But the AAS has done such legwork for you and identified a number of reputable suppliers, including (but not limited to) American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Celestron and Daystar. You can also trust the businesses and other organizations that sell gear made by these companies, AAS representatives said. (There are many such retailers, including Wal-Mart, Lowes and Toys R Us.) [The Best ISO-Certified Gear to See the 2017 Solar Eclipse]

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 5:06 pm
You can check out the AAS' full list of trustworthy suppliers and vendors here. NASA also has information about eclipse glasses and safe solar viewing; find it here.

Also, if you haven't already gotten your viewing gear, you probably want to do so. It's late enough in the game that some online stores can't guarantee delivery until after Aug. 21. (But you can buy glasses or viewers in person, at one of the approved retailers listed by the AAS.)

Reminder: You need such specialized gear to view the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun; run-of-the-mill sunglasses, even extra-dark ones, won't cut it. If you look at the sun without certified safety equipment, serious and permanent eye damage can result. (It is safe to look at the totally eclipsed sun with the naked eye. But you still need to exercise care; totality lasts just a few minutes, so make sure you get the timing right.)

Even if your eclipse glasses are certified, you shouldn't use them if their lenses are damaged or not securely fastened to their frames, AAS representatives stressed. (Also, never use glasses or handheld viewers with binoculars or telescopes; such instruments require special filters for safe solar observing.)

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 5:09 pm
It's not a big surprise that counterfeit equipment has come on the scene, considering the buzz surrounding the Aug. 21 event — it's the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States mainland since 1979.

On Aug. 21, the moon will completely blot out the solar disk in 14 states, from Oregon to South Carolina. The "path of totality" will be just 70 miles wide (113 kilometers) or so; the rest of North America will be treated to a partial eclipse, as will parts of South America, Europe and Africa.

About 200 million people live within a day's drive of the path of totality, according to skywatching columnist Joe Rao. But even people who don't make the trip will still be able to witness the event online, thanks to webcasts planned by a variety of organizations. And if the Aug. 21 event somehow passes you by, don’t fret: Another total solar eclipse is coming to the U.S. mainland on April 8, 2024.

Video on Safety Equipment, Link to Purchase proper safety glasses from Amazon, and map of totality are on site.

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Sue L (61)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 5:56 pm
That's why I am getting my glasses from the library, which is providing them for free. I know they are safe!

Judy C (97)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 6:26 pm
Lots of people don't know about this, unfortunately.

Danuta W (1251)
Friday August 11, 2017, 6:19 am

Nguyen Tien Huy N. (0)
Friday August 11, 2017, 8:04 am

Freya H (358)
Friday August 11, 2017, 12:50 pm
Be sure to buy from a reputable source. I got mine from Explore Scientific. recommended them, so I know they are trustworthy.

Colleen L (3)
Friday August 11, 2017, 11:31 pm
Important information. Thanks Fiona

TOM T (246)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 10:35 am
Interesting ... Thanks for the Info
Thank You 4 Sharing .....

Veronica C (22)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 9:48 pm
This is terrible. People are going to get hurt.

Janet B (0)
Monday August 14, 2017, 6:26 pm

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 5:22 am
Thanks for placing this timely reminder on here. I was watching a video about the flooding in South Florida and the person filming had the radio on. The announcer was warning people to this, which is good, but I'm thinking we are in such a sick society that anything for a dollar goes, even if it means knowingly selling some product that could ruin someone's sight for life, even blinding them.

A long time ago when my children were little we bought for real cheap money, think a $1 a piece welders glass Shade #14. It is important to get the Shade number correct. I saved those and use them each time so the piece of glass works well. I have 4 pieces. Not set in glasses just hold the glass in front of the eyes up close and it does the trick. I don't think that glass should be too much more expensive today maybe with inflation 3 or 4 dollars.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 6:03 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 8:46 am
Noted, Thank you

Ian Crory (31)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 10:49 am

Margie F (148)
Saturday August 26, 2017, 7:16 am
Thank you

Margie F (148)
Sunday August 27, 2017, 2:08 am
Thanks again

Margie F (148)
Monday August 28, 2017, 2:36 am
Thanks agian

Margie F (148)
Tuesday August 29, 2017, 12:37 am
Thanks again
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