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With demand high, supply of solar-viewing glasses running low

With demand high, supply of solar-viewing glasses running low

Eddie Garcia
August 17, 2017 11:16 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- If you don't have your solar glasses yet, time is running out.

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In New Mexico, the solar eclipse will happen August 21, at around 10:20 a.m., peaking in Albuquerque by 11:45 a.m.

Here are the public libraries in Albuquerque that will be giving away solar viewers: Central & Unser, Cherry Hills, Erna Ferguson, Main, Taylor Ranch and Westgate. Distribution will begin at 10 a.m. Monday on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Other participating libraries in New Mexico include Bloomfield public library, Columbus Village library, Farmington public library, Mother Whiteside memorial library in Grants, Rio Abajo community library, Rio Rancho public library, Silver City public library and Socorro public library.

Jim Greenhouse, the space science director at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, says people who want to get the glasses should act now.

"They will probably not be available on the day of the eclipse because they're such a hot commodity right now," Greenhouse said.

MORE: Resources and information about the upcoming eclipse, posted on 4 Links

Keep in mind that these glasses are made using solar filter paper and will protect your eyes from dangerous solar radiation. You want to make sure the shades you get meet the iso 12312-2 international safety standard. You can find that number printed on the shades.

No matter what, you must use proper eye protection. Greenhouse said the damage can be permanent.

"If you burn the inside of your eye that's called solar retinopathy and it might not ever heal up. So you might have a blind spot on the inside of your eye for the rest of your life," he said.

Greenhouse said he's so excited about the eclipse that he will head to Grand Island, Nebraska to watch it.

Editor's note: This story incorrectly stated the libraries were selling the solar-viewing glasses. That information has been corrected.

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