Here's how to donate your solar eclipse glasses to children in need

What to do with eclipse glasses now that it's over

As long as the glasses were made by one of the 12 companies certified by NASA to make eclipse glasses, they are good for life.

You can keep your glasses until the next total solar eclipse drifts over America on April 8, 2024.

The Great American Eclipse captivated hundreds of millions on Monday - but now that the nationwide party is over, what to do with all those glasses?

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We'll be sure to update this post as soon as new information about this awesome program is available. If you're not keeping them as a souvenir, you might consider donating them to Astronomers Without Borders and K2 Radio with Townsquare Media will help you do it.

So the question is, what are you going to do with them? There are really only two things to do with those solar-filter glasses now: Save them for the next eclipse, or donate them to a good cause. Some glasses include warnings that you should throw them away after three years, but those messages are outdated and don't apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard, the agency notes. It's a wonderful educational opportunity for a number of communities who might not have access to the glasses they need to safely view the eclipse, and Americans now have truckloads of eclipse glasses they don't need anymore.

The group hasn't yet announced exactly where the glasses will be gathered in each area, but it's reportedly planning to partner with astronomy clubs and companies across the United States to facilitate the collection drive and prepare them for shipment to areas where they are needed. Just pop out the filtering lenses first and recycle the cardboard. Williams simply asks that you place them in a plastic bag to protect the lens.

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