Seeing a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, to make sure you and your family safely enjoy the eclipse on April 8, 2024, make sure to follow these safety precautions:
Solar Eclipse Glasses
Never look at an eclipse without proper eclipse glasses on. In addition, make sure your eclipse glasses comply with the ISO 12312-2 standard. Certified eclipse glasses are available in Science2Go.
Before April 8, it's important to check your glasses to ensure there are no holes or scratches on the lens. You should also check the lens by shining a flashlight through them. If you see any light shining through, make sure to get new glasses before the eclipse.
On April 8, remember you must take your glasses on and off while looking at the ground. It’s unsafe to put your glasses on or take them off while looking at the sun.
Why are glasses so important?
You can burn the retinas in your eyes by looking at an eclipse without the proper glasses on – causing eclipse blindness, which can be a permanent condition. Because our retinas don’t have pain indicators, you wouldn’t know if your retinas were burning until after the fact.
Don’t forget to recycle your eclipse glasses:
Imagination Station will have special solar eclipse glasses collection boxes at the science center from April 8 until April 18. Place your used solar eclipse glasses in one of these boxes so they can be properly recycled.
Imagination Station is partnering with Keep Toledo Lucas County Beautiful, Destination Toledo and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library to ensure the eclipse celebration is also a celebration of sustainability.