Northeast eclipse glasses safe

Stores selling out of eclipse glasses

PROPER EYEWEAR NEEDED TO WATCH TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN

Portland resident Dan Fellini bought a pack of four solar eclipse glasses with his wife and a friend. 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.

Also, do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device - even using your eclipse glasses or viewer.

If you normally wear eyeglasses, put the eclipse-viewing glasses over them or hold the hand-held solar viewer in front of them.

Several area libraries, including the Sequoya and Alicia Ashman branch libraries in Madison, will also give free glasses to attendees of library events leading up to the eclipse.

According to optometrist Wes Wheadon looking at the sun without or with improper eyewear can have devastating effects. However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option.

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"The market is being flooded with counterfeits", he said.

Solar eclipse glasses distributed by Northeast Community College are certified and safe for viewing the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse. "People are being hoodwinked into buying glasses that may not be safe".

In addition to its preparation event, the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society also will help people experience the solar eclipse by having members out from noon to 3 p.m. August 21 in the plaza outside the main library, a group news release said.

The American Astronomical Society has issued a "buyer beware" warning saying even glasses with the ISO seal may not be real.

"It literally fries it like an egg in a pan and damages the receptors of the eye that prevent you from seeing", Dr. Wheadon said.

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