Amazon recalls glasses 9 days before total solar eclipse

James Marshall
August 13, 2017

The total solar eclipse is expected to bring as many as 1 million visitors to OR and has been a boon to businesses cashing in on the influx of tourists.

For the first time in almost four decades, the United States will be affected by a total solar eclipse on August 21. In order to properly observe such an event without suffering permanent eye damage, special #eclipse viewing glasses are required.

NY is not in line to see the total solar eclipse, but - weather-permitting - Staten Islanders will be able to view a partial eclipse.

Retailers including REI, Walmart, and Best Buy have sold of their eclipse glasses online.

The live streaming will be done from Idaho in the USA using a 50 mm f/5 finderscope, a small auxiliary telescope mounted on an Astrotrac tracker - the main astronomical telescope - to follow the Sun.

Check the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers link,, for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers that are verified to comply with ISO 12312-2, worldwide safety standard for these products.

The AAS and NASA have also published a list of legitimate companies making certifiably-safe eclipse glasses. This ever-changing region grows and shrinks based on solar conditions، and researchers will use the eclipse as a ready-made experiment. Yet even though a total eclipse won't be visible from the borough, eye protection is still a necessity.

Many local libraries are handing out glasses on the day of the eclipse, possibly before, so check out that possibility.

Always supervise children using solar filters. The optical device concentrates the sun's light, which can damage the solar viewer and then your eyes. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter.

Per Amazon policy, customers who are concerned about their eclipse glasses can reach out to Amazon customer service for a refund.

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