If you were one of the millions of people who watched the solar eclipse this year, chances are you also snagged some solar eclipse glasses. But now that the hullabaloo is all over, what can you do with the leftover glasses? Sure, you could keep them as a keepsake, but it turns out you can also put them to good use.
Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), an organization that works to share the wonders of the universe with us regular folk, is collecting eclipse glasses to donate to kids in South America and Asia where solar eclipses are expected to occur in 2019.
“This is an opportunity for schools to have a firsthand science experience that they might not otherwise have,” Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons said in an interview with Gizmodo. “Many schools in developing countries don’t have resources for science education and this is a rare opportunity that inspires students and teachers and shows them that science is something they can do. It can be a ray of hope for young people who don’t otherwise see a path to a career like this.”
What an amazing cause, right? So far, the rest of the country seems to agree, because AWB recently posted on their Facebook: "The response to our glasses donation program has been overwhelming!"
According to their website, even large corporations have signed on to donate glasses, including Google, Big Kid Science, Explore Scientific, the American Astronomical Society, and Celestron.
So how do you donate your solar eclipse glasses? On the AWB Facebook, President Simmons writes that there will be more locations that will accept your glasses, but if you just can't wait to hand off your spectacles, you can ship them to their corporate sponsor Explore Scientific at 1010 S. 48th Street Springdale, AR 72762.
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