Beware uncertified solar eclipse glasses as counterfeiters get tricky

Beware uncertified solar eclipse glasses as counterfeiters get tricky

Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said. "That's why people go around chasing it with planes that go above the clouds, cruises that you can find and road atlases".

Don't look at the sun during the eclipse or at any other time through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, even if wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.

Still, the entire state of Iowa will be darkened about one o'clock that afternoon by a partial eclipse.

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.

But other stores, like Madison-area Walmarts, were still selling the glasses for $1; a pair of glasses with an informational eclipse booklet was going for about $3.50.

Jim Lattis, director of UW-Madison's Space Place astronomy outreach center, said he is out of glasses he ordered to give away at discussions about the eclipse he has led or participated in. And a two-pack at Casey's General Store in Verona could be had for $2.99.

"The concern with the eclipse is that when it is in the partial phase, the natural reflex to shy away from looking at the sun is reduced, and that is risky because of the possibility of developing solar retinopathy, which can occur without the person knowing it", he said.

The LAS will be handing out 150 certified solar glasses for free at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library at 6 p.m. August 16.

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release.

They're not as stylish as Ray Bans but they will allow you to look at the historic event without eye damage as long as you keep them on.

Though Chicago is expected to see only a partial eclipse, with 87 percent of the sun covered, it will be the closest the city has been to the path of totality since 1925.

Fienberg says to make sure you use them correctly.

"The market is being flooded with counterfeits", he said.

People are understandably freaking out about if their glasses will arrive on time.

Eclipse glasses are the only safe way to watch the eclipse, according to the American Astronomical Society.

Total solar eclipses happen about every 18 months but cross the same precise spot on Earth an average of only once every 375 years.

Safe eclipse glasses should be stamped with a label indicating they meet the global "ISO 12312-2" standard - although Fienberg said counterfeiters have also started to print that on fake glasses.

Approved online vendors, as well as science vendors, can be found at "So perhaps dark sunglasses maybe might be a good idea".

Nature often creates such pinhole viewers for us, in the form of trees.