Today marks the two week mark before the great summer solar eclipse of 2017. This will be the first total solar eclipse to cross through the lower 48 states in several decades, so naturally quite a few people are very excited, including my family and me!!! When viewing a solar eclipse, there are safety precautions you must take to avoid long term damage to your eyes. When viewing the eclipse directly, you must be looking through the proper filter. Fortunately solar eclipse filters are very cheap and its easy to get your hands on some without spending much.
First check with your local library and/or local college/university. It's quite possible they are doing a program and have acquired several for free to hand out. If you can't find any for free, try these:
Eclipse Glasses - CE and ISO Certified Safe Solar Eclipse Shades - Viewer and filters (5 Pack) - Made in USA
I could have found glass a bit cheaper per pair but I've heard stories of some filters being sold without the proper filter protection. Therefore I wanted to make sure I was buying something safe. This particular product is produced by Rainbow Symphony, one of just four companies approved by NASA as selling proper solar eclipse eye protection. Thus I felt justified in spending a few pennies more per pair.
There are still two weeks left to go before eclipse day is here, so if you don't have your glasses yet, don't worry, you still have time. But don't wait too long!!!