Everything you need to enjoy the eclipse safely including solar glasses and more

ByNishka Dhawan KTRK logo
Thursday, April 4, 2024
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Here's how to keep your eyes and skin safe during the solar eclipse.
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For a very brief period of time, we'll be shrouded in darkness during the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th. It will be visible almost all over the United States and is an extremely rare celestial event that won't happen again till 2044. If you're wondering how to experience the upcoming eclipse safely, we've rounded up a few products to help you out and laid out a few important facts.

Can you look directly at the sun during an eclipse?

Absolutely not. According to NASA, it's only safe to view the sun without any safety gear "when the Moon completely obscures the Sun's bright face - during the brief and spectacular period known as totality." Since this can be hard to pinpoint, having a pair of eclipse-safe glasses handy is very important. Eclipse-safe glasses comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard, which means they're safe to use to directly view the sun.

What are the best solar eclipse glasses?

Here are a few of the best solar eclipse glasses that come directly recommended by the American Astronomical Society (a direct NASA partner) and where you can buy them:

Walmart

VisiSolar Solar Eclipse Glasses

  • $16.99
    Walmart

    American Paper Optics Original Eclipsers

    • $8.17
      Warby Parker

      Warby Parker Solar Eclipse Glasses

      • $0
      • April 1st onwards
      Revo

      Revo Solar Eclipse Glasses

      • $0

        Revo's retail store located in New York City will also be offering free eclipse glasses. Stop by if you're a local and pick up a pair.

        Once you receive your eclipse glasses, check to see that they're not damaged or scratched. If that's the case, dispose of them immediately and don't use them, according to NASA.

        Can I look through a camera with my solar glasses?

        No. This can cause serious injury to your eyes, according to NASA. You'll want to get solar filters for your cameras or binoculars to make them safe to use. Once you have a solar filter on the lens, you won't need your eclipse glasses, NASA says.

        Here are a few solar filters worth investing in:

        33% off
        Walmart

        VisiSolar Solar Eclipse Smartphone Photo Filter Lens (Pack of 2)

        • $9.99
        • $14.99
          B&H

          DayStar Filters 70mm White-Light Universal Lens Solar Filter

          • $21.95

            You can shop more solar filters at B&H.

            How else can I protect myself during the solar eclipse?

            Apart from guarding your eyes, you'll also want to protect your skin from bright sunlight. This means applying sunscreen or wearing a hat to prevent getting sunburnt.

            38% off
            Amazon

            Neutrogena Sunscreen

            • $13.99
            • $22.66
              20% off
              Amazon

              Unisex Sun Hat

              • $7.99
              • $9.99

                Anything else I'll need for the solar eclipse?

                You might want to invest in a lawn chair or cooler while you wait for the eclipse - especially if you're going out to a public park to enjoy the phenomenon.

                33% off
                Amazon

                Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Camping Chair

                • $20
                • $29.99
                  Amazon

                  GCI Outdoor Rocker Camping Chair

                  • $69.99
                    11% off
                    Amazon

                    Coleman 316 Series Insulated Portable Cooler

                    • $74.99
                    • $84.99

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