There are places where you can get special sunglasses to view the eclipse, and they don't cost much.
If you don’t know by now, there will be a partial solar eclipse here on August 21.
If you do know about it, you’re probably wanting to know how you can view it safely.
We’ve got some of the answers for you.
First off, don’t view the sun with your naked eyes, or with regular sunglasses, unless you want to ruin your eyes.
There are places where you can get special sunglasses to view the eclipse, and they don’t cost much. And if you wait until the morning of the eclipse, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Public Library system will have eclipse-viewing glasses for free at seven of its branches.
And you can also go to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 to view the eclipse from several different, and safe, devices.
The American Astronomical Society warns that you should only get glasses or viewers that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.
The AAS says several retailers carry the glasses, including Walmart, Lowe’s, Toys “R” Us and Best Buy.
The cost of the glasses range from $2.49 to $4.49 at Lowe’s stores in Albuquerque, but a call to one of the stores found that they are selling out quickly.
A Toys “R” Us store here said they sell the Suncatcher brand of glasses for $2.49 a pair. A Best Buy store said they had the glasses, but are now out of stock. You an also get the glasses at numerous sites on the internet.
But here’s the best deal: The Albuquerque Bernalillo County library system says it will have free glasses on the day of the eclipse. They’ll be available at these branches: Alamosa, Central & Unser, Cherry Hills, Erna Fergusson, Main, Taylor Ranch and Westgate.
“Come to a program and get a pair of eclipse glasses, one per person present, while supplies last,” the library system’s website says.
Some people say you can use welding goggles to view an eclipse, but the AAS recommends against it for the sole reason that their ISO rating might not be good enough.
The eclipse will begin at 10:21 a.m. Aug. 21. It will reach its maximum at 11:45 a.m., and will end at 1:13 p.m.
Here’s a list of retailers that the AAS says carry safe, eclipse-viewing glasses:
- Best Buy
- Casey’s General Store
- Circle K
- Hobby Town
- London Drugs
- Love’s Travel Stops
- Pilot/Flying J
- REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.)
- Toys “R” Us
Here’s the AAS’ list of approved sol filter companies:
- American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com
- APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
- Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
- Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
- DayStar (Solar Glasses)
- Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
- Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
- Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
- Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
- Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
- Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
- TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)
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