On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur and for the first time in over 99 years, the event will be visible to almost every state in the United States. Many people have been planning for this event for years. Others have only recently developed an interest in the awe-inspiring event.
As people across the country prepare for what has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse one of the most discussed issues is how to view the event, and the need to have special solar eclipse glasses to protect your eyes from the damage that can be caused by looking directly at the sun.
Experts, including NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), have been warning consumers that many of the solar eclipse glasses that are available on the market are unsafe. They want to make sure that everyone that plans to view the Solar Eclipse protects their eyes.
To ensure that consumers deal with reputable retailers and vendors when buying solar eclipse glasses, NASA and the American Astrological Society (AAS) have put together a list of Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers. This list was created by the members of the AAS and is based on members past experiences with each vendor.
The AAS’ reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers list:
• American Paper Optics (Eclipse) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
• APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
• Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
• Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
• DayStar (Solar Glasses)
• Welding filters with shade 12 or higher
• Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
• Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
• Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
• Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
• Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
• Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
• TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)
Over the weekend web retailer, Amazon.com issued a warning to customers and began offering refunds to consumers that purchased Solar Eclipse Glasses sold via Amazon by some third-party vendors that have the potential of being unsafe. Amazon has been reaching out to customers that may have purchased the potentially unsafe glasses.
In a statement, Amazon said, “Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards.” The statement also explained that Amazon was making the recall and refund announcement because they “want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard.”
So if you bought your solar eclipse glasses via Amazon.com check the retailer’s website for more information. If you purchased your solar eclipse glasses from another retailer, make sure that they meet the ISO standard.
For other information about the Great American Eclipse, including information about safe viewing, the science of an eclipse, and a map showing the phases and path of the eclipse, visit the website: www.greatamericaneclipse.com
For more information about the Solar Eclipse Glasses recalled by Amazon, click here.
For more information about the Eclipse and how you can view it safely, NASA has created a website full of Eclipse Watching Information and Safety Tips to visit the NASA Eclipse 2017 website, click here.
For resources about the Great American Eclipse from the American Astrological Society, click here…
Coverage of the Amazon Recall, Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Are Being Sold Online. Here’s How to Avoid Scams, from Melisssa Chan, can be viewed online from TIME.COM
Everyone at Wallace & Graham, want you to enjoy the Great American Eclipse and make sure that you protect your eyes!