What can you do with those eclipse glasses?

How to repurpose your solar eclipse glasses and do some good
Donate solar eclipse glasses overseas
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22 August, 2017

If you don't want to donate, you can always recycle them.

Eclipse glasses had their day in the sun on Monday, but those special safety filters could be useful for students in the path of future solar eclipses around the world.

Or you could hold onto your pair for the 2024 solar eclipse.

While trying to find the appropriate and safe glasses to wear during the solar eclipse nearly seemed impossible, an organization said do not throw them away.

NASA says that some glasses are printed with warnings that you shouldn't look through them for more than three minutes at a time and that they should be discarded after three years.

A similar effort helped AWB send nearly 14,000 pairs of glasses to schools in Africa when an eclipse took place there in 2013. As for the filter lenses, some camera stores might recycle them.

Whatever you decide to do with your glasses, just don't throw them in the trash.

First, see if they are reusable.

The United States will see its next total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Brooks Mitchell, the education coordinator for the nonprofit Space Science Institute, told Earth911 he will hang the glasses on a bulletin board "to remind myself of the awesome celestial experience".

You survived the 2017 total solar eclipse without going blind thanks to your eclipse glasses.

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), an organization that works to bring astronomy resources to the less fortunate, has asked that people "don't waste, donate" their eclipse glasses.

The group said it will announce plans to collect eclipse glasses in the coming days on its Facebook page.

The organization uses astronomy programs to connect other peopel across borders based on a love of the sky.


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