7 options for getting solar eclipse glasses in light of a shortage

If you are trying to buy solar eclipse glasses right now, it may be more difficult than first imagined! 

Most local stores around the state are currently sold out, and you shouldn't count on them restocking anytime soon with the eclipse taking place this upcoming Monday. 

However, if you are still looking for some, here are your best options: 

 

1) Buy a pair from a brick & mortar retailer that still has them.

According to the American Astronomical Society, stores like 7-Eleven, Kroger, Walmart and Lowe's still may have a part if you want to try your luck. However, they are completely sold out at places like London Drugs and Love's Travel Stops. 

 

2) Purchase a pair from Amazon

Amazon still has some, but if you want them, it'll cost you an arm and a leg! Prices range from $34.99 to upwards of $500 (without shipping).

 

3) Go to an official NASA viewing location and get a free pair.

NASA has distributed more than 1.5 million ISO-compliant safe solar eclipse glasses to its officially designated viewing locations. Go to NASA's website to find out where official viewing spots are located. Keep in mind, some of these viewing events require tickets though.

 

4) Get a pair from a library! 

Numerous libraries are hosting viewings and distributing free glasses. Because of the high demand, many have given out, but you can check this map and contact the library in your area to see if they may have a pair. 

 

5) Make a pinhole projector 

Forget the hassle of trying to track down a pair to buy and make your own, right at home! All you need is a piece of cardboard and a piece of paper to make a pinhole projector. You can view instructions here

 

6) Use other household options as pinhole projectors

To safely view the eclipse, all you need is for the light to pass through a small hole. An item like a colander or pasta strainer will work if you, just make sure you have something to serve as a screen.

 

7) Get them for a $1! 

Good deal, right? Wrong! They may only be a $1 on eBay, but these glasses are shipping from China, and the earliest you'll get them is September. Maybe next eclipse? 

 

 

Whatever option you go with, remember that safety is first! For more information on viewing the eclipse safely, go to our special coverage section for the solar eclipse