Can you use your eclipse glasses in 2024?

If you're unsure whether your glasses are safe, the American Astronomical Society offers a list of reputable filters and viewers at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters. Also, don't bend them - since they'll become unusable.

Alternatively, the nonprofit organization Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has announced that it will be collecting used solar eclipse glasses to send to schools in South America and Asia, where partial eclipses will be visible next year.

Even if solar eclipse glasses are damaged though, if you used them to watch the total solar eclipse, it might be a good idea to hold on to them as a keepsake.

As Monday's total solar eclipse passed through Western North Carolina, it offered a rare moment for friends and families to collectively enjoy an unique outdoors experience. Paper frames can be recycled, but lenses need to remove.

Since you've already shared your eclipse photos here, you're probably asking yourself this, "What do I do with my eclipse glasses?"

While they know some glasses were printed with expiration dates of three years, NASA says those warnings are outdated themselves. That is almost seven years from now, and current owners of the special solar eclipse glasses are not recommended to hold on to them because most versions will only work until they are three years old.

The next solar eclipse that we'll get to see in America will happen in 2024. The organization is planning a program to collect the glasses.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

A final option is to recycle them. Glasses with plastic frames are likely not recyclable.

  • Joey Payne