Now that the solar eclipse is over, here's what to do with those glasses


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Michelle Stein

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Like millions of Americans from coast to coast, I viewed the solar eclipse with my kiddos on Monday. We weren't in the path of totality this time, but it was still a pretty cool experience. Now there's just one thing left to decide: What the heck should we do with these glasses?

It's true these cardboard-and-black polymer spectacles are pretty much useless for anything else but viewing a solar eclipse. However, families can still do something with them to make a difference: Donate them. Astronomers Without Borders has announced an upcoming program to collect glasses and redistributed them to schools in South America and Asia. Students will be able to use the glasses when eclipses cross the continents in 2019.

“This is an opportunity for schools to have a first-hand science experience that they might not otherwise have,” Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons told Gizmodo. “Many schools in developing countries don’t have resources for science education and this is a rare opportunity that inspires students and teachers and shows them that science is something they can do. It can be a ray of hope for young people who don’t otherwise see a path to a career like this.”

Of course, you could always hang on to your eclipse glasses for sentimental reasons. Plus, here's a fun fact: There will be another total eclipse in the U.S. in seven years -- on April 8, 2024 --  and this time, I'll be in the path of totality! By then, my kids will hopefully care a little more about experience.


My 6-year-old used his eclipse glasses a few times, but mostly ran around outside with his younger sisters

If you do plan on using your eclipse glasses in 2024 and beyond, it's important to note that some glasses expire after three years. (So be sure to check yours before saving them for next time.) Donating the ones you have now to Astronomers Without Borders and then buying new pairs when they become widely available again isn't a bad plan, either. Whatever you do, don't throw them away!

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What do you plan on doing with your eclipse glasses? Did you watch with your children on Monday?

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