The Hunt For Solar Eclipse Glasses Is Over

We tracked down the last few retailers that still have the approved spectacles

Terre Haute - After making over 25 calls around the Wabash Valley, I tracked down two retailers that still have NASA approved solar eclipse glasses for sale.

"Yesterday we sold out,  we put them out around 9 and by 11 we were sold out," said Kristine O'Hare, Baesler's Marketing.

Baesler's in Terre Haute still had stock Thursday and is expecting an order of 2,000 pair to arrive Friday that will be split among their three locations.

"It wasn't the most that we could order but it is a pretty hefty order. We have our other two stores there so we will be sending some there as long as those orders do come in," said O'Hare.

You can buy them for for $5 but you have to go to the store, they do not do holds.

"We have sold probably 700 so far, and we are about to be done with today's shipment," said O'Hare.

You can also buy the protective glasses at your eye doctor's office, but it will cost you.

Indiana Eye Specialists still have quite a supply and they are selling them for 12 dollars a pop.

They also require you to come into their store to purchase as well.

But if you can't get your hand on the devices at either of these locations, you are in luck.

ISU and Rose-Hulman are both holding solar eclipse parties where you can get glasses the day of the event.

At ISU they'll give out glasses for free to the first 5,000 eclipse watchers, Rose-Hulman will charge $2 a pair.

But both universities will have other means of allowing you to safely watch the eclipse if you miss out on the glasses.

"We are also going to have some telescopes that are certified to look at the solar eclipse through them. They are really expensive and really cool," said Tracy Osborne, Indiana State University.

But it is crucial that if you don't snag a pair of glasses or attend one of the parties, that you absolutely do not watch the eclipse without approved eye wear.

"It is really important safety wise not to just look at the eclipse. It can damage your eyes, just like on any certain day when you are looking at the sun it can damage your eyes, but even more so during this epic event," said Osborne.

It is also important that you check to make sure that you purchased your glasses from a NASA approved retailer. Looking at the eclipse through fake glasses is just as bad as looking with your naked eye.
 
You can find the link to approved vendors by clicking here.
 
You can watch a safe live stream of the eclipse by clicking here.
 
If you would like to attend one of the events we mentioned the details are as follows.
 
 
ISU Solar Eclipse Party:
 Monday, Aug. 21
Noon- 3 p.m. - Join students and staff for a viewing event with certified safety glasses provided while supplies last at Dede Plaza.The rain location is Science Building, room 138, where the total eclipse will be live-streamed. 
More details found here.
 
Rose-Hulman Solar Eclipse Party:
Monday, Aug. 21
The Oakley Observatory will be hosting a viewing party for the public throughout the eclipse period. There will be several telescopes with special solar filters available to allow visitors to safely view the eclipse. Access to the observatory will be limited to 47 people at a time. Each person will be given a ticket that will allow viewing through one of the telescopes for several minutes. Visitors who wish to use another telescope will need to obtain an additional ticket. All tickets are free of charge.
 
 
 

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