Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Donate used solar eclipse glasses to kids in South America, Asia

Donate used solar eclipse glasses to kids in South America, Asia

If the glasses are compliant with NASA's safety standards and aren't damaged, then they can be reused, according to the space organization.

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.

The solar filters with the chic cardboard frames transformed from the summer's hottest commodity into an amusing souvenir the instant the big event was over in the US on Monday.

They can simply toss the glasses in their home recycling bin. They're aiming to collect hundreds of thousands of glasses and send them to children less fortunate in third-world countries like Chile and Indonesia.

To celebrate, Americans are throwing solar eclipse watching parties, traveling to states in the path of totality and - most importantly - getting their hands on a pair of protective solar eclipse glasses to ensure a safe viewing experience for the hyped-up event.

They do suggest that you mail them to the President, who evidently has great eyes, the greatest eyes ever. Take the lenses out first and just throw them away.

The University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union is asking viewers of the eclipse to recycle their glasses by dropping them off at the credit union before September 16. They just can't be scratched, punctured or torn.

AWB plans to redistribute the specs to schools in South America and Asia, where the eclipse will pass in 2019. You can find information on where to donate your glasses on the group's Facebook page.

In 2013, the organization hosted a similar drop-off program for west and central African schools for that year's solar eclipse, Smithsonian reported.

The organization uses astronomy programs to connect other peopel across borders based on a love of the sky.

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