Your Eclipse Glasses Don't Have to End Up in the Trash

There's a better way
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2017 8:49 AM CDT
Your Eclipse Glasses Don't Have to End Up in the Trash
Leah Powers, left, and Jake Powers, both from Seltzer, Pa., look through their solar eclipse glasses at the sun as the moon begins to partially cover it during the eclipse at the Pottsville Area High School's observatory on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 in Pottsville, Pa.   (David McKeown/Republican-Herald via AP)

If you think your options for what to do next with those now-relatively-useless eclipse glasses are only A) put them in a memory box or B) put them in a trash can, good news. Gizmodo reports on a pleasant option C) give them to kids in need. The president of Astronomers Without Borders tells the site it plans to accept the used glasses and dole them out to resource-light schools in Asia and South America so that children there can safely view solar eclipses scheduled for 2019.

Mailing instructions haven't been released yet, but if you follow the group on Facebook, you'll get the heads up on where to send them once the program is in place. As Astronomers Without Borders' post on the planned effort reads, "Don't waste. Donate!" (Here's how to tell if the eclipse damaged your eyes.)

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