Eclipse Glasses – What to Do with Your Solar Eclipse Glasses

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Now that Monday’s celestial show is over, millions of people across North America. May find eclipse goggles lying around their homes. Those lucky enough to witness this rare solar phenomenon may not need to throw away their used eclipse glasses. According to the American Astronomical Society, eclipse glasses. That meet a certain safety standard called ISO 12312-2 can be safely reused. This means that the same glasses worn during the 2024 total solar eclipse. Will also serve as effective protection during the next total solar eclipse in 2026. Which will be visible in parts of Greenland, Iceland, Spain, Russia, Portugal. And parts of Europe, Africa, and North America will appear as a partial eclipse. 

The glasses can also protect your eyes during the next total solar eclipse in 2044. Which will be visible from the continental U.S. across North Dakota and Montana. “It is best to store your glasses away from sharp objects that could scratch or also puncture the filters. If you have any doubts about the safety of your glasses before the next solar eclipse. It is best to throw them away and buy new ones,” said Dr. Kelly Hensley, editor of AAS Nova. And deputy spokesperson for the association, in an email. On April 8, 2024, people observed the beginning of a total solar eclipse. On the campus overall of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. People from all over the country flock to the campus to observe this rare celestial phenomenon. 

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Cities across the country on the path to totality are experiencing similar influxes of tourists. Do not reuse your glasses if the lenses are scratched, torn, or punctured. Or if the solar filter has come off the frame, Hensley added. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Any broken or scratched glasses should be disposed of by removing the lenses and recycling the cardboard. The American Astronomical Society recommends not using water or liquid glass cleaners to clean the lenses. As they can damage the box or cause the lenses to come loose. Some glasses may come with a warning to discard them after more than three years of use. The company says this warning is outdated and no longer applies to glasses that meet safety standards.

Where Can I Donate My Eclipse Glasses?

If owners of glasses don’t plan on traveling around the world to catch a glimpse of the upcoming eclipse, there are several organizations that collect binoculars to donate to people in the path of the upcoming eclipse. These Glasses USA, an American Astronomical Society-certified retailer of solar eclipse glasses, is collecting used but undamaged glasses to send to schools in Chile and Argentina in the areas of October 2024 when the annular eclipse, also known as the “ring of fire,” will appear. 

Astronomers Without Borders, the nonprofit organization that collected more than 2 million pairs of glasses after the 2017 total solar eclipse and redistributed hundreds of thousands of pairs before the 2024 total solar eclipse, has a growing list of drop-off locations for donating used glasses.

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