Amazon recalls solar eclipse glasses

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 13, 2017

Amazon suggested customers refer to the NASA and AAS websites for more information about safely viewing the solar eclipse.

McDonald's locations in OR are on NASA and the American Astronomical Society's list of certified retailers of eclipse glasses, which allow you to safely watch the solar eclipse on August 21.

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. However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option.

Experts say you should not try to watch the eclipse with the naked eye, and that regular sunglasses do not provide enough protection.

Amazon also said in the email they were refunding buyers in full.

As August 21 nears, scammers are flooding the market with fake solar eclipse glasses.

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A limited supply of free eclipse glasses are also available from the Brookings Public Library (limit two per family).

Check the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers link, https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters, for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers that are verified to comply with ISO 12312-2, worldwide safety standard for these products.

Read and follow all directions that come with your glasses or filters. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter. "We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse".

Watching the eclipse with glasses that haven't met certain qualifications can lead to eye damage.

Many other people received similar emails from Amazon for eclipse glasses, as stores are selling out of the hot-ticket items with one week to go before the eclipse.

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