Illinois Prepares for 2024 Solar Eclipse: AAS Warns Against Unsafe Viewing Glasses

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Chicago, IL – As the anticipation for the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse grows, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has issued a warning to consumers regarding the purchase of eclipse glasses and solar viewers. The AAS emphasizes the importance of buying from reputable vendors that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

According to the AAS’s official eclipse website, the market has seen an influx of counterfeit and substandard solar viewing products. They advise against buying from unlisted vendors, especially on platforms like Amazon, eBay, or Temu.

Midwesterners preparing for the eclipse are urged to plan ahead and verify the safety certification of their eclipse glasses. The AAS website provides a list of trustworthy suppliers to ensure that all eclipse enthusiasts can enjoy the celestial event safely without risking eye damage.

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