Not Sure What to Do With Your Solar Eclipse Glasses? Read THIS!

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Got Glasses? 🕶

If you used solar eclipse glasses to view the eclipse, be sure to hang on to them if you don’t plan to use them in the future!

Astronomers Without Borders is launching a program to collect those eclipse glasses for distribution to other countries for future eclipses. They will soon have corporate partners who will be receiving and processing them, so stay tuned for details on where to send them!

(We had such an amazing time in little Ola, Idaho and got to experience a bit over 2 minutes of totality! 😍)

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What a truly incredible experience! I can’t even put it into words… 

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  1. Danielle

    We took our boys to Cross Plains, Tennessee from Rochester, New York! It was a llllloooooonnnggggg drive home, but it was truly amazing to see in person!!

    • Susan hadlock

      In 2024 your area will be 100% tolarity for the eclipse.

      • Susan hadlock

        Totality* stupid fingers

  2. Laura

    This is from my sons Boy Scout leader, he is collecting them for this purpose:
    All,
    My scouts don’t know it yet but they are about to start a service project by collecting all the used eclipse glasses we can. 2019 eclipse will be over Africa where people and schools cannot afford proper eye protection. We will take them up and sort them and get them to the National Astronomy Society.
    Please send them to
    Darren Shell
    Nova Mentor
    pack 306
    4510 Enterprise dr
    Concord NC 28027
    Please share this as much as you can quickly before we miss the window.

  3. Shannon

    There’s another one in 7 years that’s going to run through Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, Montreal. hang onto your glasses until then! I know I had a hard time getting glasses.

    • Kandice

      My glasses expire in 3 years so they won’t work for the next US eclipse. I’m assuming most of the others have a shorter than 7 y lifespan as well.

    • Laura

      The glasses are only good for 3 years

    • Shannon

      If your glasses have an iso number 2312-2 and aren’t scratched they are still good for the next one. Mine actually have that number but say good for 3 years so don’t know what to make of that!

    • Gretch

      NASA said if they aren’t scratched or broken they will last forever. Sometimes expiration dates are just arbitrary.

  4. Ellen

    I agree! Truly amazing…we watched from Nebraskan sunflower field. I can’t stop thinking about it!

    • michelle

      Me either. My friends who got 94 percent was like it was dark here as well. I had to tell them NO it wasn’t the same you have to experience totality. I am still excited about it.

  5. dblD-amber

    We already booked our room in Carbondale IL for the eclipse in seven years. Didn’t make it to this one but will definitely be there next time.

    • Lo

      Was it regular rate or already jacked up?

    • Karen

      I was thinking about doing the same thing. But wasn’t sure if anyone would take a reservation that far out.

    • Bobbi

      We live in the Carbondale area. I heard they had some neat things going on, but we stayed home to avoid traffic. Apparently the traffic wasn’t bad until late Sunday and Monday though.

    • dblD-amber

      Much higher rate. Paid 500 for the night but we had points about only cost us 200. So excited already once in a lifetime. Cannot wait

      • riss

        Didn’t know you could make reservation that far advanced. I need to do ours then. Either Austin or Carbondale!!!

  6. michelle

    Drove to my hometown Paducah, Ky from Memphis to see it. I got to spend time with family and witness the eclipse. It was truly amazing. I’m still on cloud nine from witnessing this amazing sight. I didn’t get to take many pictures because I was too busy jumping up and down and screaming about how awesome it was.

    • Megan Passey

      We drove through Paducah earlier this summer, a lovely town! I’m glad you could visit your family and enjoy the eclipse!

  7. Gerta

    My yoga teacher suggested hanging on to them to use during savasana at the end of class ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. CO Mama

    What an incredibly special memory fir your family! We drove to Torrington, WY. No words, such a incredible sight to behold, what beauty in creation!

  9. Lori

    Where i live in Tennessee we experienced totality. Amazing sight!

  10. Lauren

    I live in Waco, Tx and we are in the direct path for the next one- pretty exciting

    • Susan hadlock

      I am in NY and in the direct path for the next one as well. It also lands on my brother’s birthday!

      • Lauren

        Oh that’s awesome!!

  11. Monique

    We went to Idaho Falls paid $75 to camp in a field it took 2.5 hours to get there and 6.5 hours to get home. We were grateful that we got to experience it. It was an awesome adventure!

    • Kris

      My parents live there, they said traffic was insane and at a dead stop. You got a good price the hotels were charging up to $700 a room!

      • Kate

        We were near Idaho Falls, but stayed in Utah the night before for $100. Met a family who stayed in Idaho Falls and paid $1,000 for the night at Best Western! Traffic getting there was a breeze. Getting home afterwards (to Arizona) was a true test of patience! It was stop and go all the way to Salt Lake City!

  12. BRANdice Abrams

    I had tosses mines already but here in Atlanta Ga it was a nice experience. Kinda bummed we won’t be in the path for the next one

  13. Kelly H

    These post are driving me crazy. The Astronomers without Borders are not even ready to take donations. They have no directions. They have no idea what they need for it, no facebook post is even up..yet, you see articles and links to this single post all over the place. There is one single reference to the fact that in 2 years, they could use these glasses and people are going nuts to hold drives to collect them and then they are going to sit forgotten in boxes for a couple years. It’s going to cost more to mail those glasses than it is to just donate a couple bucks to their organization in 2 years.

    • Suzanne H

      I think it’s about helping others that won’t be able to afford glasses but also about reusing a product that would otherwise end up in a landfill (recognizing they will eventually but better to be used again beforehand).

    • Stef

      Actually Kelly, there is a Facebook post about it on their page. They are trying to get the word out before everyone starts throwing their glasses away. These things are otherwise going to end up in a landfill. Kinda ironic that we would hurt our planet with more waste trying to see a celestial event, so this is going to prevent that from happening. Plus is helps others who wouldn’t be able to afford such luxuries. Please stop with your negativity. There’s nothing wrong with recycling.

  14. Thehenrydthoreau

    Many people are experiencing eye problems from wearing these glasses. I sat in my home and watched the eclipse safely from a live stream on YouTube. No cost, no waste, no eye problems.

    • Elle

      Yeah…um no, sorry. With the correct glasses, and following the recomendations, an eclipse can be safely viewed. Watching a video of it is in no way experiencing it. Totality is indescribable to anyone who hasn’t experienced it. I had no clue until Monday, when I was lucky enough to view totality from my backyard. Beforehand, I didn’t really understand all the hype. Now I want to go to every total solar eclipse that I can get to in my lifetime. It’s not something that you can watch a video of and really “get it.”

  15. Suzanne H

    We drove from VA to SC to see the totality. Ended up in a field with about a dozen cars – kids running around, people tailgating, etc. Everyone was so excited and were getting along like we’d known each other for years. One of the guys proposed to his girlfriend during the totality. It was an amazing experience in so many aspects!

  16. Brooke

    They are collecting them through the Meridian Library District here in Meridian, ID… all branches. Just as an FYI ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Julie

    So, this eclipse was on my birthday and it was so special to celebrate it that way.

    The next one is going to be total here in Cleveland and I can’t be more excited to see it!!

    • Jenn

      I’m in Akron and I’m super pumped!! I’ve already got my fingers crossed for clear weather. I read somewhere that totality is supposed to be a full six minutes for that one – I hope that’s accurate!

      • Beth

        We live on the south side of Akron! I already have family members asking if they can stay! LOL! I wonder what the chances are that it will be clear. OH in April isn’t exactly sunny.

    • JA

      I would love to make the drive just up the road to Erie, PA for it. Such a long time away though, can’t imagine how different life will be by then!

    • Bobbi

      This eclipse was on my best friend’s birthday and my parents’ anniversary. The next one is the day before my 50th birthday!
      Happy belated birthday!

      • Mourrene

        It was my birthday too! Got to see it in totality!

  18. Meredith

    Forget donating them I’m trying to buy some for 2024 total eclipse. I totally missed out on getting some on time this year but do plan on being ahead of the game for next totality. My plan is to find out what state will be in totality closest to Louisiana and reserve my hotel at least a year in advance .

    • mel

      Just search 2024 solar eclipse and you can see the projected path. We’re thinking Hot Springs AK or somewhere around Dallas Tx area.

      • Amanda

        You mean hot springs AR?

    • Lori

      We didnt get glasses for this one… we used our welding helmets. Lens just needs to be a 12 or darker. Worked great!

      • Molly

        Yes!! We passed the welding helmets around too!! Perks of ranch life lol!!

  19. mikeB

    through them away or save them in a scrap book. They WILL NOT be good to use in 3 years!!

  20. lisag29

    We got to see totality, off our back porch, for 49 seconds. It was awesome and way better than I ever imagined it would be. I’m already trying to figure out where we’re going to view it in 2024. What a great experience it was!!

  21. Ann

    My husband experienced his own eclipse on Monday….was in the middle of back surgery for spinal stenosis and a ruptured disc so he missed the actual solar eclipse. I headed out with some of the hospital techs and we passed around the glasses and special thin foil to view the 85% experience. The next one will be over my hometown just outside of Lima, Ohio so we are definitely NOT scheduling any surgeries that day….you know where we will be….about 100 miles NW from here. Already making plans though hubby isn’t fully aware yet….he’s doing great….already just walking with his 4-footed cane and has NO PAIN!!! First time in 5 years!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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