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Where Can You Buy Solar Eclipse Glasses Anyway?



A solar eclipse is scheduled to hit the United States today for the first time in nearly 40 years.

A solar eclipse is a period in which the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. This wandering moon partially or fully blocks out the sun as a result of its movement relative to the position of both the sun and the Earth. This phenomenon only occurs during the period of a new moon, in which the sun and the moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth’s surface. This alignment is referred to as “syzygy,” which relates to a straight-line configuration involving at least three celestial bodies (sun, earth, moon).

The US  will experience a total solar eclipse today, Monday, August 21, 2017. The eclipse will cast a 70 miles shadow on the upper-northwest portion of Oregon at 10:00 A.M. local time. The dark shadow will travel past Idaho and Wyoming. At 2:45 P.M. (EST), the eclipse will move out through South Carolina.

According to NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the Sun or a solar eclipse, so if you want to watch safely, you need to purchase specific ISO-compliant safe eclipse glasses. Read below to find out where you can get them!

Local retail stores selling ISO-compliant safe eclipse glasses:

Best Buy
Casey’s General Store
Hobby Town
London Drugs
Love’s Travel Stops
Pilot/Flying J
Toys “R” Us

American Astronomical Society’s list of companies who are carrying glasses:

Adorama Camera
Agena AstroProducts
Alpine Astronomical
American Science & Surplus
AstroBox / EclipseKit.com
Astronomers Without Borders
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Astronomy Magazine / My Science Shop
Astroshop.eu / Omegon
Astrozap Telescopes & Accessories
Avenues of the Sky
B&H Photo Video
Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project
Company Seven
David Chandler Company
Daylight Sky
Discover Magazine / My Science Shop
Education Harbour
Explore One
Flinn Scientific
High Point Scientific
Khan Scope Centre
Land Sea & Sky
Lire la Nature & Astronomie Plus
MMI Corporation
Oceanside Photo & Telescope
Online Science Mall
Ontario Telescope & Accessories
Optics Planet
Orange County Telescope
Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
Science City at Union Station
Sky & Telescope Magazine / Shop at Sky
SkyNews Magazine
Space Racers / AugustEclipse.com
Space Update
Spectrum Telescope
STEMcell Science Shop / Mudge Scientific
The Planetary Society
Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes

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