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Eclipse glasses: Donate, toss or save for 2024?

Eclipse glasses: Donate, toss or save for 2024?

What to do with those eclipse glasses that were so hard to get your hands on?

Eclipse glasses for Monday's solar eclipse proved to be a highly sought after item.

The glasses will be redistributed across South America and Asia for the 2019 total solar eclipse. If you're not keeping them as a souvenir, you might consider donating them to Astronomers Without Borders and K2 Radio with Townsquare Media will help you do it.

So long as the glasses adhere to the ISO 12312-2 standard, then the glasses are safe for future use.

You can also recycle them if the frames are paper or cardboard, Rumpke spokeswoman Molly Yeager Broadwater said - just pull out the lenses first (those parts aren't recyclable).

NASA says that some glasses are printed with warnings that you shouldn't look through them for more than three minutes at a time and that they should be discarded after three years.

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Most of the parents said they were going to save pictures and newspaper clippings of the eclipse for their babies' scrapbooks. All babies born at the Greenville hospital on the day of the eclipse were given special onesies to commemorate the event.

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If you have children, you could incorporate them into some fun arts-and-crafts projects.

You'll need to do a bit of traveling from the South Sound to see that next eclipse, however.

To find out if your brand of eclipse glasses is being accepted, visit astronomerswithoutborders.org. In all seriousness, there are some pretty good photos circulating today from watchers who were able to use their smartphones and an adapted UV lens to take photos of the eclipse.

A final option is to recycle them.

Of course, many people may have had such a life-changing experience during the eclipse that they want to re-create it as soon as possible.

Consider donating your eclipse glasses to Astronomers Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that teaches astronomy around the world. Plastic-framed glasses can't be recycled, according to Earth911.com.

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