Eclipse Glasses For the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

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Eclipse Glasses For the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

Update 8/16

As Monday’s eclipse draws nearer, more and more brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers are selling out of eclipse glasses. As the glasses become scarcer, unsafe knockoffs are becoming more prominent. 

The Guide urges our readers to be careful when purchasing glasses both online and in-store. A reminder, eclipse gazers should be looking for glasses that are American Astronomical Society (AAS)-approved and ISO compliant. 

The AAS website (https://eclipse.aas.org/) lists major retailers that offer approved glasses, including Best Buy, Walmart, and 7-Eleven.

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On August 21, all of North America will be able to witness a celestial rarity—a solar eclipse. For eclipse-gazers who want a really good look, a pair of eclipse glasses is an absolute necessity. Eclipse glasses filter out ultraviolet, visible, and infrared energy, protecting the eyes from sun damage and even blindness. 

As we get closer and closer to the event, it’s getting more and more difficult to get our hands on a decent pair of these babies. However, we were able to track some down! All of the glasses on this list are ISO-compliant, meaning they have been cleared as safe for eclipse viewing. We should note, several of these are not currently in-stock, but you should still be able to get a pair in hand by the August 21 deadline.

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These glasses are made by a NASA-approved manufacturer and are ISO and CE certified, providing 100 percent protection against harmful UV and infrared light. The lenses have a premium light filter that creates a sharp orange-colored image of the sun, for premium viewing. 

Our readers should note that these are currently out of stock, but should start shipping by August 15, allowing buyers to have a pair in hand right before the eclipse.

Lunt Solar Systems Solar Eclipse Glasses