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Where to buy solar eclipse glasses, and how to tell if they meet safety requirements

On Aug. 21, the moon is going to mask the sun for a rare total solar eclipse that will cross the United States from the Oregon to the South Carolina coasts. And if you want to safely watch this astronomical spectacle, you'll need special "eclipse glasses" to protect your eyes.These are the special solar filters that allow viewers to look at the sun for short periods of time as the eclipse progresses. Although the sun will be significantly dimmer as the eclipse progresses, it's still not safe...

RI Eclipse Watch Aug. 21: Best Places To View It

CHARLESTOWN, RI—Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown is all set for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. They're opening the campus at 10 a.m. The eclipse starts at 1:30 p.m., and they have plenty of gear, including eclipse shades, so people can watch safely."Solar telescopes in both white light and hydrogen alpha will be setup for observers to catch a view of the solar photosphere and chromosphere, including views of sunspots, prominence, and filaments on the Sun," the staff said. "We will have...

How to get your hands on a pair of solar eclipse glasses

We’re less than 24 hours away from the Great American Eclipse and the excitement is building…Many people making last minute trips to the store to get their hands on those special eye protecting glasses.But stores almost everywhere are sold out, including places like Walmart and Best Buy, but just because you can’t get them, doesn’t mean you’re out of luck.Paulina Poplawska, head librarian at Holt Public Library says, three Capital Area District Libraries will hold viewing events tomorrow, and...