Solar eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves.
This time, the path of total eclipse will be about 70 miles wide and begins in OR on the west coast and travels to SC on the east coast, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports on its eclipse website, eclipse2017.nasa.gov.
In light of recent news about potentially defective or counterfeit eclipse-viewing glasses, Dr. Michael Chipps - president of Northeast - sent an email reassuring the "college family" that the solar eclipse glasses being distributed by Northeast were manufactured in the United States and have been certified by the British Standards Institute.
If you received this email from Amazon, there are other places to purchase eclipse glasses.
Staring directly into the sun is can damage your eyes, and would-be eclipse viewers could be purchases and using products that won't properly protect them.
By looking directly at the solar eclipse - even briefly - without proper protection, you risk a form of blindness called solar retinopathy, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "It doesn't take very long before you're exposing your eyes to serious risk".
"Don't use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses".
The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m. The notification also says that customers don't need to return the glasses in order to get a refund. "People are being hoodwinked into buying glasses that may not be safe".
As August 21 nears, scammers are flooding the market with fake solar eclipse glasses. The full list can be found at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.
On Aug. 21, the entire viewing area will be plunged into darkness. This certification is used to indicate they are safe for viewing the sun.