August 21 solar eclipse requires safe viewing

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The Great American Eclipse, the first solar eclipse visible in all of America since 1979, is coming up fast.

In Madison on Friday, the glasses were sold out at Kirkland's on the Far East Side and at Toys R Us on the Far West Side.

"We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse", Amazon wrote.

In light of recent news about potentially defective or counterfeit eclipse-viewing glasses, Dr. Michael Chipps - president of Northeast - sent an email reassuring the "college family" that the solar eclipse glasses being distributed by Northeast were manufactured in the United States and have been certified by the British Standards Institute.

Chesterfield resident Carolyn Vokoun got a similar email from Amazon confirming the suspicions she had about the glasses she purchased.

Some McDonald's locations outside of OR - including Missouri and Washington - are also selling eclipse glasses.

Doctors say that watching the phenomenon without proper protection can cause serious eye damage or even blindness. The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m.

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Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.

"Don't use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses".

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society will offer more information about solar eclipses and show people how to make a pinhole eclipse viewer during the nonprofit group's general meeting at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. "People are being hoodwinked into buying glasses that may not be safe".

Springdale Public Library - Giving away solar eclipse glasses during eclipse viewing event on August 21.

Glasses or other solar filters also shouldn't be used if they're scratched or damaged, according to the astronomical society.

More safety tips can be found at

"There's no reason to panic if you don't have eclipse viewers themselves", he said.