This Is What You Can Do With Your Leftover Eclipse Glasses

Wait! Don't throw them away just yet.

You had to get your hands on a pair of safe eclipse glasses for the eclipse-viewing parties that took place all across America on Aug. 21, but now you may be wondering exactly what you’re going to do with those much-needed spectacles. You worked so hard to get your hands on them, after all, so you don’t want to just toss them in the trash!

Lucky for you—there’s good news. You can put those eclipse glasses to use for a great cause if you donate them to Astronomers Without Borders.

The organization is hoping to relieve you of your glasses and give them to children in need in schools across Asia and South America.

There will be a total solar eclipse in visible in parts of South America in July 2019 and there are a couple of solar eclipses that will be seen across Asia in 2019 as well. So, the organization is gearing up to give these children the same opportunity many of Americans recently enjoyed.

Astronomers Without Borders works to “allow those in developed countries to share with others, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the wonders of the night sky,” according to the group’s website. And this glasses-collecting effort is  an extension of that mission.

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“This is an opportunity for schools to have a first-hand science experience that they might not otherwise have” Astronomers Without Borders president, Mike Simmons, told 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.”

Because you can’t underestimate what feeding a child’s curiosity can do!

There aren’t yet details about exactly where you can send/mail your leftover glasses, but while you wait to receive an update about an address—hold on to those glasses! According to the Astronomers Without Borders website, they are working with their partners and sponsors to announce a plan for collecting the eclipse glasses, which will be announced shortly.

They urge you to keep up with your glasses and not to send them to Astronomers Without Borders. You can sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Facebook to keep up with the details to come.