Many of you were looking high and low for eclipse glasses. Some of you scored them. And, some even paid a high price for this last-minute eyewear. Others tried the viral cell phone selfie trick without much luck. But, if you bought the proper solar eclipse glasses and witnessed the solar phenomenon….well done!
Did you know that the next Total Solar Eclipse that will hit South Florida is not predicted to happen until April 8th, 2024? You could stash those glasses for the next seven years. But, we have something better to do with those flimsy cardboard black out lenses.
Consider donating your solar eclipse glasses to a good cause.
Astronomers Without Boarders is a global organization that collects used eclipse glasses so that children around the world can use them for future events. The organization plans to redistribute our glasses to schools in Asia and South America where the will be solar eclipses in just two years.
For many countries, “This is an opportunity for schools to have a first-hand science experience that they might not otherwise have” said Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons. “Many schools in developing countries don’t have resources for science education. 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.”
The organization hosted a similar program in 2013. They collected over 13,000 glasses for west and central Africa for a total eclipse that happened in November of 2013. Ultimately the hope is that the eclipse craze will help inspire. They hope stir up interest in the fields of science, technology and mathematics in young students. You can help!
But, Do these glasses expire?
Some have warned that solar eclipse glasses expire after just three years. According NASA, “If your glasses are made by one of the 12 eclipse glasses makers that meet the requirements of NASA and American Astrological Standards, they’re good forever, NASA said. They just can’t be scratched, punctured or torn. That means, if you’re careful, they can be good to go by the next time a total solar eclipse drifts over America on April 8, 2024. It’s easy to find out which ones meet this standard. The companies are listed here or they’ll have an ISO number of 2312-2.”
Get involved and give back to future generations…
Island Water Sports will be helping in the effort to collect solar eclipse glasses. Help us be part of inspiring a future generation of scientists. Stop by the store to drop off your glasses this week. Island Water Sports, 1985 NE 2nd Street, Deerfield Beach. Drop your glasses by September 1st. Island Water Sports will ship your glasses to Astronauts Without Borders to make sure they will live to see another eclipse.