It was quite a spectacle.
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. Given the almost four-decade wait Americans had for Monday's eclipse, it certainly might be worth hanging on to your eclipse glasses for the 2024 event.
Astronomers Without Borders wants to recycle those glasses for the next solar eclipse in 2019 so people in Asia and South America can experience the sights of an eclipse just like Americans did today.
The solar eclipse of the century is over.
Eclipse glasses holders do also have the option to save their pair for the next eclipse in the US, which will stretch from Texas to northeastern states on April 8, 2024.
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While it used to be said that eclipse glasses had a three-year lifespan, NASA said that solar glasses that are well preserved and without scratches and be reused indefinitely.
Also, Astronomers Without Borders is planning a program to collect glasses for distribution to other countries for future eclipses.
The organization uses astronomy programs to connect other peopel across borders based on a love of the sky.
The plan has not been released yet, but should be announced shortly.