Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

This Is What You Can Do With Your Leftover Eclipse Glasses

Solar eclipse glasses that meet ISO 12312-2 standards don't have an expiration date Odds are your solar eclipse glasses are good even if they have an expiration date
Garry Little | 23 August, 2017, 00:37

Before the eclipse, some American media posted headlines like "It's the first celestial total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years" when, in fact, they happen about every eighteen months somewhere in the world.

Alternatively, the nonprofit organization Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has announced that it will be collecting used solar eclipse glasses to send to schools in South America and Asia, where partial eclipses will be visible next year. NASA says those warnings are outdated and as long as they are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard, they are fine.

The Great American Eclipse is over, and millions of eclipse glasses are left unused. There are really only two things to do with those solar-filter glasses now: Save them for the next eclipse, or donate them to a good cause.

At the moment, donation locations are still not specified, but the program will be announcing them in the coming days.

While most of the country saw a partial eclipse, in which the sun is only partially blocked by the moon, other areas went into total darkness as the moon moves in between the sun and the Earth. "If the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely".

The group Astronomers Without Borders is encouraging people to recycle them instead of throwing them away.

NASA says that some glasses are printed with warnings that you shouldn't look through them for more than three minutes at a time and that they should be discarded after three years.

It will be followed by an annular solar eclipse through southern Asia on December 26, 2019. Williams simply asks that you place them in a plastic bag to protect the lens. The lenses can be popped up and recycled for camera film.

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