Richland Library plans to start distributing free solar eclipse glasses from all branch locations Friday.
Distribution starts at 9 a.m. To make sure as many people receive the free glasses as possible:
▪ One pair of glasses per customer
▪ No group requests
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The library’s glasses are from a manufacturer recognized as safe by AAS and NASA.
The latest: How to know if your eclipse glasses are safe
To address concerns about fake or counterfeit eclipse safety glasses, there is new guidance advising people to no longer simply look for language indicating that glasses meet certain safety standards (ISO standards). There are glasses on the market that have language printed on them indicating that they meet these standards, but many of these glasses have not been tested appropriately.
So now, the American Astronomical Society is advising people to make sure their eclipse glasses are from reputable manufacturers instead – in addition to looking for safety/certification language that includes the ISO with reference number 12312-2.
Here are the manufacturers recognized as safe to purchase glasses from by NASA and AAS – authorities on space matters:
- American Paper Optics (Eclipser)
- 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)
- Solar Eclipse International / Cangnan County Qiwei Craft Co.* (plastic glasses only)
- Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
- TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)