The solar eclipse is headed our way on Monday, Aug. 21.
And the big question is: where can you buy solar eclipse viewing glasses?
Richmond is not in the path of totality, but we are still expecting to see the moon block 86% of the sun during the height of the eclipse. And that means, yes, you still have to wear special solar eclipse glasses.
Sunglasses are not an equivalent.
“The sun is so bright that looking directly at it can burn your retina and cause permanent eye damage,” Justin Bartel, immersive experience specialist at the Science Museum of Virginia, said. “Even though the moon will block most of its light, the sun won’t be safe to look at during the partial eclipse. Solar filters, such as eclipse glasses, provide protection from the sun’s rays and should be worn any time you are looking up at the eclipse.”
The following stores are selling solar eclipse glasses approved by the American Astronomical Society. Most of them range anywhere from $1-$3.
Many stores are selling out, so be sure to call first to make sure a specific location has them in stock.
Participating 7-Eleven stores in Richmond are selling special eclipse glasses for $2.99.
Area Best Buy stores will be selling solar eclipse viewing glasses. They have two sets of solar binoculars for $34.99 and $69.99, and a solar telescope $99.99.
Paper glasses can be purchased at Lowe’s for $1.98 per pair. Some stores will be receiving extra glasses within the next day or so.
Area Kroger stores will be selling solar eclipse viewing glasses for $1.99.
Solar eclipse sunglasses run $2.49 and the binocular version runs $7.99.
Solar eclipse glasses are $1 or you can buy a “Get Eclipsed” guidebook with solar glasses for $3.47. Walmart is also suggesting solar eclipse watch parties stocked with moon pies, Sunkist and Luna bars.
Carries a wealth of solar-eclipse glasses in bulk, but be sure to check and make sure the glasses are meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Some glasses sold online do not meet that standard.
Where are you buying your eclipse glasses? Post recommendations in the Comments.
10 August 2017 4:07 pm
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