What to do with used eclipse glasses? Donate them

What to do with eclipse glasses now that it's over

What to do with eclipse glasses now that it's over

At the moment, donation locations are still not specified, but the program will be announcing them in the coming days. The organization is currently working with vendors to set up a specific protocol about returning the glasses (do not send them directly to the AWB), but for now, you can send them to telescope company Explore Scientific, which is working with the AWB program.

The total solar eclipse has come and gone, but those special glasses don't need to be thrown away just yet. Eastern time in SC, a total solar eclipse will make its way across the United States, the moon blocking out the sun for a short period of time and grabbing the attention of those below on Earth, according to The New York Times.

If you were lucky enough to have a pair of solar eclipse glasses Monday, you may be wondering what to do with them now.

It will be followed by an annular solar eclipse through southern Asia on December 26, 2019.

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If you don't want to hold on to them, some organizations are encouraging people to recycle their glasses, such as the University of Nebraska Credit Union.

First, see if they are reusable.

The group hasn't yet announced exactly where the glasses will be gathered in each area, but it's reportedly planning to partner with astronomy clubs and companies across the United States to facilitate the collection drive and prepare them for shipment to areas where they are needed. Regular dark sunglasses are not sufficient protection, according to vision safety information from NASA and the American Astronomical Society. Or you can keep them as a scrapbook addition or memento. The companies are listed here or they'll have an ISO number of 2312-2. Most versions of the eyewear are only certified safe for three years.

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