Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Amazon recalls solar eclipse glasses

Amazon recalls solar eclipse glasses

Fayetteville Public Library - The library is giving away the glasses while supplies last during an eclipse prep event on Sunday (Aug. 13) from 1:30-4 p.m. The SDSU Society of Physics Students will host a campus viewing session near the west entrance to the Student Union Aug. 21 and will have free eclipse glasses available at that location starting the morning of the event.

The group's spokesman Rick Fienberg says numerous glasses being sold on Amazon are not certified to be safe.

As August 21 nears, scammers are flooding the market with fake solar eclipse glasses.

Glasses or other solar filters also shouldn't be used if they're scratched or damaged, according to the astronomical society. The Bravas and Ragin' Cajun food trucks also will be parked nearby so people can enjoy food while they watch.

Amazon also said in the email they were refunding buyers in full.

Fienberg said it can be hard to tell the difference between authentic and counterfeit glasses...so he recommends using NASA's list of reputable sellers.

Inspect solar filters before use.

"If you look up directly, even if there's just a sliver of the sun, the light can go into the back of your eye and burn a hole in what's called the macula. The certification means the glasses and solar viewers have met an worldwide safety standard and are safe for your eyes". "We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse". Those optical devices concentrate the solar rays, damaging your eclipse glasses or viewer and seriously injuring your eyes.

You can find the glasses at online vendors including EclipseGlasses.com, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments.

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