JUST IN: Where to get free eclipse glasses in Palm Beach County

It’s less than three weeks until the Great American eclipse when everyone in the U.S. for the first time in 99 years will see a partial or full solar eclipse.

That includes Florida, where the sun will be about 80 percent obscured by the moon on the afternoon of Aug. 21.

To view the eclipse safely, special eclipse glasses are needed. Traditional sun glasses won’t cut it.

Related: Best places to watch the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

The Palm Beach County Library System was given 1,000 free eclipse glasses that are available at its 17 branches and bookmobile.

“They might go fast,” said Chris Jankow, systems activities coordinator for the library system. “And there aren’t a lot to go around.”

Jankow applied for the glasses through a program sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Research Corporation and Google, which gave out two million glasses to public libraries nationwide.

Related: Check your eclipse forecast. 

More than 2,000 public libraries received the eclipse glasses nationwide. If you don’t live in Palm Beach County, you may check your local library to see if they have any.

To see a map of the libraries hosting eclipse events, click here. 

Astronomers Without Borders also had limited numbers of free glasses available to needy schools.

Some other locations that are hosting eclipse events Aug. 21, such as the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory at Broward College’s Davie campus, have limited numbers of free eclipse glasses.

So if you can’t get a free pair at a local library, it may be better to buy a set.

Here is a link to reputable vendors.  Glasses are available online at Amazon , Walmart, or at some home improvement stores.

It’s important to make sure the glasses are ISO-compliant, meaning they meet specific safety standards for safe viewing.

Richard Tresch Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society, said the glasses are inexpensive if bought in bulk, but even on a smaller basis, they shouldn’t cost more than $1-$3 each.

Amazon has offers of 10 to 20 pairs for $8 to $19.

“Note that families and groups of friends can share glasses since all that you typically do with them is take an occasional glance at the sun as the partial eclipse slowly progresses,” he said. “It’s like watching grass grow!”

 

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