Astronomers Without Borders to begin eclipse glasses redistribution program

How to repurpose your solar eclipse glasses and do some good

The Great American Eclipse captivated hundreds of millions on Monday - but now that the nationwide party is over, what to do with all those glasses?

A similar program occurred in 2013 to send glasses to west and central Africa.

NASA says do not throw them out.

Thousands watched the moon's shadow fall over the United States in the first total solar eclipse to spread across the country in almost a century.

But Astronomers Without Borders, a nonprofit that strives to bring people together though a common interest of astronomy, is asking people to consider donating their eclipse glasses.

You could do as many probably did, toss them.

The first thing you should do is check to see what kind of glasses you have. Just make sure that the filters or lenses aren't scratched, punctured or torn. Some have warned the glasses expire after three years, but is it true?

It's pretty simple: save the glasses and show them off somewhere.

Or you can donate them to Astronomers Without Borders, who plans to redistribute them to other countries for future eclipses. They are setting up arrangements with corporate partners to collect the eclipse glasses.

The organization said the response to the redistribution program has been overwhelming, and will be announcing the specific places you can send your glasses.

Irene Pease, a board member of Amateur Astronomers Association of NY, also suggested asking local school officials and recreational programs if they could make use of the glasses for astronomy activities.

"I wouldn't mind a pair of eclipse-filter earrings, as an astro-fashion statement", Irene Pease told Earth 911.

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