Whether you’re planning on going to an eclipse viewing party or just sitting out on a blanket in your backyard, you may want to plan ahead on how you’ll actually be viewing the celestial event.
It isn’t safe to look at the sun with the naked eye. Its surface is so bright that if you stare at any portion of it, no matter how small, it produces enough light to permanently damage your retina.
If you don’t have welder’s goggles at your immediate disposal and aren’t a DIY sort of person, you may want to invest in a pair of eclipse glasses.
Here are five companies that make glasses that are certified as safe by the American Astronomical Society and NASA.
American Paper Optics
These glasses block out 100% of harmful ultraviolet rays, according to the American Paper Optic’s website. The glasses allow you to view the sun’s natural orange color.
If you’re purchasing them for an event, they can be customized. Those not looking to spring for a custom design can still find a range of funky glasses, including Bill Nye-themed ones.
You can purchase American Paper Optic's glasses through Walmart, Lowes, ToysRUs, Home Depot and Amazon.
You may have seen a truck recently advertising for solar glasses. According to the company’s website, the company has been conducting a sales tour throughout the U.S.
TSE has a range of products, including glasses and sun binoculars. Featured glasses include an Americana design in honor of the Great American Eclipse.
You can purchase TSE glasses at Amazon and Walmart.
Thousand Oaks Optical
According to Thousand Oaks Optical’s website, these glasses are safe for viewing the sun at any time. The company, which has been manufacturing solar products for more than 35 years, offers both glasses and optical viewing sheets.
You can purchase Thousand Oaks Optical glasses on Amazon.
This company is offering a wide selection of products as well as customized products for businesses or organizations.
Not only does Rainbow Symphony sell an assortment of paper glasses, but they also offer designer solar viewing glasses.
You can buy these on Amazon or at Walmart.
To get these glasses, you need to chat with the U.S. distributor, but German company Baader Planetarium is offering an assortment of solar viewing products.
The glasses offer 100% ultra-violet protection and reduce sunlight intensity by 99.999%. Though they aren’t available in many designs, they do sport an interesting planetary theme.
You can purchase Baader Planetarium glasses at Walmart.
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