Alternatively, the nonprofit organization Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has announced that it will be collecting used solar eclipse glasses to send to schools in South America and Asia, where partial eclipses will be visible next year.
It got chilly in Denver and dark in Wyoming - but now we've got hundreds of thousands of unneeded eclipse glasses on our end tables, in our cars, and maybe even in the trash.
Many were scrambling to find glasses to wear for the Solar Eclipse on Monday but now that it's over, what can you do with your glasses? A total eclipse will move over the two countries on July 2, 2019 and the astronomy organization wants kids in the southern hemisphere to have a safe viewing experience too. They're coordinating collections across the country and plan to redistribute them for the next solar eclipse.
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"Don't waste. Donate!" the program urges on its Facebook page while promising more information on where to send them soon. Just make sure that the filters or lenses aren't scratched, punctured or torn. If you choose to save yours, keep in mind to store them where they won't get scratched or bent. Or maybe you want to use them when the 2024 solar eclipse hits the U.S. Or maybe you're just a pack rat.
However, some glasses are printed with warnings saying that you should discard them after three years.
For those who can't wait to get rid of their spectacles, Gizmodo reports that Astronomers Without Borders' corporate sponsor, Explore Scientific, is accepting mailed donations at their address in Arkansas.