Careful! Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Could Cause Blindness
As the time gets closer, we keep seeing more and more about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Now, we're learning that people are trying to make money on it by potentially hurting customers.
If you want to know where you should be on Monday to have your best chance to see the solar eclipse, you can click here for a NASA diagram. When it comes time for the solar eclipse, you can't look directly at it without hurting yourself so special glasses are available on Amazon. The problem is, not all of them are safe.
According to Today, experts say that we should be on the lookout for counterfeit glasses that could potentially cause blindness if used during the eclipse and no, regular sunglasses don't work. One way to know if your glasses are safe is if they have "ISO 12312-2 standard." Another, you shouldn't be able to see your hand in front of your face while wearing the glasses. Last, look at the product in your hand and if there's pocketing, bubbling, or creasing they're no good.
If you want to know which glasses to use and will be safe, you can use this list put together by the American Astronomical Society for reputable vendors.
- American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
- APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)*
- Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)* [see note]
- Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
- DayStar (Solar Glasses)
- Halo Solar Eclipse Spectacles
- Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses) [see their unique kid-size eclipse glasses]
- Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
- Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades) [sold out]
- Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
- TSE 17 / 110th.de (Solar Filter Foil)*