Monday, August 21 is Eclipse Day in the United States. The solar eclipse will cast a shadow from sea to shiny (and along the path, shadowy) sea. Experts have been urging people to not look at the Eclipse without special glasses. This includes looking at it through your camera, cellphone or any other device that does not have a special filter.
Atlas Obscura just posted a timely article that Eclipse Glasses may be available for free from your public library. “Many of the gratis glasses come from the STAR Library Network (or STAR_Net), a nonprofit that helps hook libraries up with science and technology resources. ”
Update info from Star_Net:
Since it was announced that public libraries were distributing free eclipse glasses, they have been overwhelmed with requests via email, phone and in-person. Most libraries have already given away their allotment of glasses. For those libraries that still have eclipse glasses, please be aware that these are intended for their eclipse programming events ONLY and not for general distribution to the public.
If your local library has run out of glasses, please click here to view a list of reputable vendors that may still be selling them. For kid-friendly ways to view the solar eclipse without the use of eclipse glasses, please visit our STEM Activity Clearinghouse for a variety of indirect viewing activities.
This link shows all the libraries that the Star Network has sent eclipse glasses too–when it’s working http://spacescience.org/software/libraries/map.php.
Contact or visit your local public library to see if you can get a pair of these glasses. Hopefully they will so you an safely enjoy whatever portion of the solar eclipse is visible from your neighborhood.