Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

The AAS and NASA have also published a list of legitimate companies making certifiably-safe eclipse glasses.

On Aug. 21, the greater part of North America will experience a solar eclipse, when the moon blocks the sun from Earth's view.

The American astronomical Society says counterfeit knockoffs may not be safe for your eyes... and staring at the sun with them could cause damage you may not even realize until later.

Solar eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves. However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option.

'The product description said that they were ISO I thought I was getting a safe glasses, ' Vokoun said.

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse.

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Read and follow all directions that come with your glasses or filters.

Several libraries are giving away the glasses for free. Those optical devices concentrate the solar rays, damaging your eclipse glasses or viewer and seriously injuring your eyes. The glasses are available at the clinic front desk between regular office hours, 8 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!"

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.

According to, the material for safe viewing glasses is affordable and readily available through astronomical supply houses and at their website. "Old fashioned pinhole viewers work just as good. and and they cost nothing".

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