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SOLAR GLASSES – THEY’RE FREE (AND ALSO VITALLY IMPORTANT)

March 31, 2017

Clemson students gaze at the Sun using solar eclipse glasses that block the harmful light rays of the Sun.

Clemson students gaze upward using solar eclipse glasses that block the harmful light rays of the sun. Image credit: Clemson University

By Jim Melvin

CLEMSON, South Carolina – On the day of the eclipse, we will be giving out up to 50,000 free pairs of solar glasses. These eclipse-viewing shades, which are certified for users to view the sun without harm during the eclipse, will be distributed at strategic locations on our main campus on the day of the eclipse. They are not available for preorder.

To avoid injury to your eyes, these glasses must be worn any time a user is staring directly at the sun. However, there is one exception: During the brief eclipse totality, it will be safe – and highly recommended – to remove the glasses and watch totality with the naked eye. But when totality ends, the glasses must be worn again whenever starting directly at the sun.

All attendees are encouraged to take wearing the solar glasses seriously. Responsibility for wearing the solar glasses at the appropriate time lies with each attendee, or each parent or guardian of minor attendees. This does not mean that you will need to wear these glasses during the entire three-hour extent of the eclipse, but when staring directly at the sun, it will be essential to put on the glasses.

For more information, go to How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely.



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