How you can help others see the next Solar Eclipse

PEORIA, Il -  After a solar eclipse left central Illinois in awe , you may be wondering what to do next with your eclipse glasses.

The next total solar eclipse in the United States will take place in just seven years. One organization is asking you to donate them instead of throwing them in storage.

Astronomers Without Borders is teaming up with the Peoria River Front Museum and will help collect and process eclipse glasses to be sent to South American and Asian schools, where the next solar eclipse will take place on July 2nd, 2019. Organizers are asking glasses be compliant with NASA's safety standards, and not be damaged with holes or scratches so they can be reused.

 

“I do think it’s great to be able to enable people that might not have the chance to experience a total solar eclipse safety,” said Renae Kerrigan, Planetarium Curator. She adds, “It’s a great thing to do to help someone experience a fantastic eclipse.”

 

Some lenses expire after three years, so be sure to check expiration dates located on the inside of each pair of glasses. 


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