As August 21 nears, solar eclipse glasses are selling out across the US.
Retailers including REI, Walmart, and Best Buy have sold of their eclipse glasses online. Amazon still has glasses available through third-party retailers — but some are arriving after the big event.
Complicating matters is the fact that the market is being flooded with defective knockoffs. Watching the eclipse through glasses that aren’t certified to protect your eyes can lead to serious damage.
Fortunately, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has a full list of reputable brands and retailers.
“Your eyes are precious!” the AAS’s website reads. “You don’t need astronomers to tell you that, but you do need astronomers to tell you where to get safe solar filters: from the companies listed on this page.”
There are ways to get free eclipse glasses, though stocks are running low. Libraries are giving away 2 million free glasses and NASA is handing out 1.5 million. Check out these maps showing where to get them — at libraries or NASA viewing events. Once you know which option is most convenient, check with local staff to see how to get free glasses.
If you’re willing to spend money, museums, planetariums, and other science-centric organisations may be your best bet. The AAS has a long list of groups that are selling glasses.
Plus, there are the mainstream retailers selling the glasses.
Here’s the list of retailers, according to the AAS:
- Best Buy
- Casey’s General Store
- Circle K
- Hobby Town
- London Drugs
- Love’s Travel Stops
- McDonald’s (Oregon only)
- Pilot/Flying J
- Toys “R” Us
Many of these stores are already sold out.
Fortunately, the AAS also has a list of online sites that are selling eclipse glasses. However, if you buy from this list, make sure to double check the brand is on the AAS-approved list — some vendors may be selling both safe and unsafe glasses.
Here’s the list of online stores and other vendors selling eclipse glasses:
- 123 Sales
- Educational Innovations
- Electronic Analyst
- Firefly Buys (FFB)
- Fred Meyer
- Freedom Hill
- Mega-Fun Toys
- Off the Wall Toys & Gifts
- Run to Shop
- Skyhawk Ventures
- Solar Eclipse Spectacles (paper glasses only)
- Soluna/GSM Sales
- Your 5 Star General Store
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