Casper Can Recycle Eclipse Glasses to Astronomers Without Borders

What to do with eclipse glasses now that it's over

Astronomers Without Borders is spearheading an event to deliver donated glasses to schools in South America and Asia for eclipses in 2019.

The Great American Eclipse captivated hundreds of millions on Monday - but now that the nationwide party is over, what to do with all those glasses?

"Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old", NASA states on its website. But if you can't stand clutter and are desperate to send your glasses off right away, mail them to: Explore Scientific, 101 S. 48th St., Springdale, AR 72762.

But according to NASA, those warnings are outdated for eclipse glasses that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standards adopted in 2015.

The group has announced they will be collecting eclipse glasses for distribution to other countries for future eclipses. There should be instructions on the glasses or with the packaging that clarify if they can be worn again and for how long they last. There's actually something charitable you can do with the leftovers rather than simply tossing them in the garbage like you may have already done.

That's good news for those looking forward to the next eclipse that will occur across North America in 2024.

Irene Pease, a board member of Amateur Astronomers Association of NY, also suggested asking local school officials and recreational programs if they could make use of the glasses for astronomy activities. The lenses can be popped up and recycled for camera film.



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