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Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse

Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse

The American Astronomical Society has created a list of reputable brands that you can find here, after scammers started stamping phony knockoffs with the worldwide safety stamps.

Well, for the first time in 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible from only the United States. And even during an eclipse, when the moon is covering the sun's disc, it's not safe to look directly at the sun.

"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina - we call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina".

Space.com said Friday, Aug. 11 was the last day to order glasses and have them shipped with ground shipping to arrive before the eclipse, although Amazon Prime customers still have time to get them with the free two-day shipping that comes with the membership.

The AAS warns the "marketplace is being flooded by counterfeit eclipse glasses that are labeled as if they're ISO-compliant when in fact they are not".

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As you undoubtedly learned back in preschool, you should never, ever look directly at the sun.

There are several ways to do so, including using one's hands to make a screen to help focus on a shadow of the eclipse on the ground, using a device called a Sunspotter, and wearing special glasses to actually track the eclipse in the sky. The AAS recognizes that bogus pair of solar viewers have been "flooding the market".

"You can see how similar they are", Jerit said as he showed Megan Alexander a pair.

No matter how you see it, this eclipse can change your perspective. "Helena is right in the path to view the solar eclipse so I think it's going to be pretty exciting outside and watching it and experiencing it as a community".

The Great American Eclipse is coming up, and reports are coming in of people being scammed by fake eclipse glasses.


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