Where to get solar eclipse glasses in the Dayton area

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What makes the upcoming Great American Solar Eclipse a total solar eclipse?

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The Great American Eclipse will be viewable in Dayton Monday starting at 1:48 p.m., and it will reach its maximum coverage, nearly 90 percent, at 2:28 p.m.

To safely look at the sun during the eclipse, you must wear solar-viewing glasses or risk eye damage. There have been reports from NASA of companies selling unsafe paper solar glasses. To determine if glasses are authentic, make sure they have an ISO icon and an ISO reference number of 12312-2.

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There are a few places in the Dayton area where the public can get glasses and learn more about the eclipse. Local retail businesses are also selling the glasses.

It is recommend to call beforehand to ensure these locations still have glasses available.

Washington-Centerville Public Libraries: 


The Centerville-Washington Public Library will offer eclipse glasses at any of the events listed below. In addition, a daily supply will be available at the circulation desk beginning Aug. 14, while supplies last.

UPDATE: The library has placed an order for 150 more glasses and is hoping to have them come in by Friday.

Aug. 12, Centerville Branch, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Total Eclipse of the Sun: A Family Storytime

Aug. 19, Centerville Branch, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Under the Dome

Aug. 21, Centerville Branch, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Solar Eclipse Viewing @ the Library!

Greene County Libraries: 


All seven of the Greene County libraries are offering free eclipse glasses to the public. The glasses are available while supplies last on a first-come, first-serve basis. The library has had to order glasses on three seperate occaions to keep up with demand.

Aug. 14, Bellbrook Branch, 1 p.m.: Local astronomer leads program in preparation of solar eclipse.

Aug. 14, Beavercreek Branch, 9 p.m.: Millennial Meet-up Astronomy Night

Aug. 21, Bellbrook Branch, 1 p.m.: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Aug. 21, Fairborn Branch, 1 p.m.: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Aug. 21, Cedarville Branch, 1 p.m.: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party *GLASSES NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

*Registration is required for all events.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery:  


The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is selling eclipse glasses in their Discoveries Shop for $1, while supplies last. To prepare for the solar eclipse there is a daily showing of The Great American Eclipse of 2017 at the Caryl D. Phillips Space Theater.

Aug. 18, 7 p.m.: Evening of Astronomy: The Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: What the Eclipse With Us

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park:


The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park will offer a limited stock of eclipse glasses to those who attend their eclipse watch party at both of their visitor centers. In addition, children can fill out an activity book to become a Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer.

Aug. 21, Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, Noon- 4 p.m

Aug. 21, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Noon- 4 p.m

If you know of a business or community center offering solar eclipse glasses, please email Melisa.Lyons@coxinc.com. 

Can you reuse your eclipse glasses in 2024 for the next eclipse?
If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015. To make sure you get (or got) your eclipse glasses/viewers from a supplier of ISO-compliant products, see the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page.

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