Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

Not in the 2017 Solar Eclipse's Path? An Astrophysicist Has Some Advice

Not in the 2017 Solar Eclipse's Path? An Astrophysicist Has Some Advice

Eclipse watchers in the 60 to 70-mile wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle US could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun. He said the classes, listed as Homay CE ISO Certified Flexible Paper Solar Eclipse Glasses, stated they were ISO certified, had an ISO stamp, and were mirrored on the outside.

Solar eclipse glasses distributed by Northeast Community College are certified and safe for viewing the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse. The SDSU Society of Physics Students will host a campus viewing session near the west entrance to the Student Union Aug. 21 and will have free eclipse glasses available at that location starting the morning of the event.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m. Normal sunglasses don't provide enough protection.

Fayetteville Public Library - The library is giving away the glasses while supplies last during an eclipse prep event on Sunday (Aug. 13) from 1:30-4 p.m.

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Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.

The public is encouraged to come and learn about the Solar Eclipse that will take place on August 21, and how to view the eclipse safely.

The International Organization for Standardization has set forth guidelines for glasses, which block out all but 1/100,000th of the Sun's light, and only a select group of manufacturers have produced glasses that are recognized and approved by NASA and the American Astronomical Society.

The safest way to look at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not, is through specially designed solar filters.

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Always supervise children using solar filters. "The certification means the glasses and solar viewers have met an worldwide safety standard and are safe for your eyes". Do not remove them while looking at the sun.

Don't look at the sun during the eclipse or at any other time through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, even if wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.

Jim Lattis, director of UW-Madison's Space Place astronomy outreach center, said he is out of glasses he ordered to give away at discussions about the eclipse he has led or participated in.

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