NASA warns of unsafe Total Solar Eclipse glasses being distributed

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. (WZTV)

NASA is warning the public that unsafe viewing glasses for the total solar eclipse have been distributed.

The historic event takes place on Aug. 21. Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky have the best views in the country, located in the eclipse's path of totality.

Watch the video below as Chief Meteorologist Katy Morgan walks you through what to look for in eclipse viewing glasses:

Here's what to look for to make sure your glasses are safe & other tips:

  • U.S. Manufacturer Name (Recommend any of these: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, or TSE 17)
  • “ISO” Icon (Must have ISO reference 12312-2)
  • Don’t reuse old glasses. Unsafe after 3 years
  • If lenses have scratches, don’t use
  • If lenses are wrinkled, not safe for viewing the eclipse
  • U.S. manufacturers recommended
  • Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

To learn more about safety regarding the total solar eclipse, click here.

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