Published: Wed, August 23, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

Donate your solar eclipse glasses for the next eclipse

Donate your solar eclipse glasses for the next eclipse

Astronomers Without Borders is spearheading an event to deliver donated glasses to schools in South America and Asia for eclipses in 2019.

It's likely millions of the glasses will be tossed somewhere now that the eclipse is over. If you'd like to donate your Eclipse glasses, bring them to Townsquare Media in Casper. Which means if you hang onto them, you are all set for any future solar eclipses. Eastern time in SC, a total solar eclipse will make its way across the United States, the moon blocking out the sun for a short period of time and grabbing the attention of those below on Earth, according to The New York Times. If eclipse glasses are compliant with NASA's safety standards, and not damaged, then they can be reused indefinitely, according to the space organization.

They do suggest that you mail them to the President, who evidently has great eyes, the greatest eyes ever.

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Most importantly, remember where you store them.

A group called Astronomers Without Borders is planning a collection drive for used eclipse glasses which it will distribute to schools in areas where the 2019 eclipse will be visible, giving students the opportunity to fall in love with astronomy.

That's good news for those looking forward to the next eclipse that will occur across North America in 2024. Reputable eclipse glasses purchased for this year's eclipse should be compliant with this standard, but you can check the American Astronomical Society's list of reputable vendors to make sure.

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Of course, should you just want to give them the old heave-ho, they can always be recycled.

Or, you can recycle them - at least the cardboard.

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