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Make Sure Your Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses Are Safe!

By Matthew Whitehouse, Boeing Observatory Manager


The American Astronomical Society has just issued new solar eclipse viewing glasses safety guidance. They are advising people to no longer look for language indicating that glasses meet certain safety standards (ISO standards, etc.). There are glasses on the market that have language printed on them indicating they meet these standards, but many of these glasses have not been tested appropriately. They are not considered safe, and are in effect “fake” or “counterfeit” eclipse glasses.

American Astronomical Society is now advising people to make sure their eclipse glasses are from reputable manufacturers instead of looking for safety/certification language. Here are the manufacturers recognized by AAS as safe:

  • American Paper Optics (Eclipser)

  • APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)

  • Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)

  • Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)

  • DayStar (Solar Glasses)

  • Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)

  • Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)

  • Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)

  • Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)

  • Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)

  • TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)

More info is available at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters. You may also be asked if glasses are “NASA approved.” NASA and AAS work closely together, so any glasses by the manufacturers above would be considered by NASA as safe as well.