Give Your Eclipse Glasses a Second Life

Your used eclipse glasses could be reused by schoolchildren in South America and Asia to witness the 2019 solar eclipse. The eclipse glasses recycling program from Astronomers Without Borders and Explore Scientific helps keep safe solar eclipse viewers out of the landfill and brings them to schoolchildren that may not otherwise be able to safely view these upcoming eclipses.

Before you donate your glasses make sure that they are in good condition, with no scratches or cracks on the solar film or frames, and that they follow the safety standards endorsed by NASA and the AAS (you can refer to these requirements here if you need to double check). 

Once collected, the folks at Explore Scientific will inspect each pair of glasses and double check to make certain that these glasses are safe for re-use. If you are not near a collection center, you can mail your glasses directly to Explore Scientific's headquarters in Arkansas at the following address:

AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation Program
Explore Scientific
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762

photo of used eclipse glasses

Find out more information on the program, including FAQs and where to find a collection center near you on the AWB's website:

Astronomers Without Borders will then make sure that these certified safe recycled glasses will find recipients in the portions of Asia and South America that will bear witness to the eclipses of 2019. With your help, millions of children and adults will be able to safely witness the wonder of a solar eclipse!

Last Updated: October 1, 2017

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