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Amazon is issuing refunds to customers who purchased suspect solar eclipse glasses

13 August 2017

Pages for products such as "MASCOTKING Solar Eclipse Glasses 2017 - CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing - Eye Protection" and others that the company hasn't been able to verify as coming from a recommended manufacturer have been removed from the site.

On Aug. 21, the entire viewing area will be plunged into darkness.

Doctors say that watching the phenomenon without proper protection can cause serious eye damage or even blindness.

Before looking at the sun, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar filters.

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The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m.

Eclipse watchers in the 60 to 70-mile wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle US could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun.

Solar eclipse glasses distributed by Northeast Community College are certified and safe for viewing the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse.

Read and follow all directions that come with your glasses or filters.

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In addition to its preparation event, the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society also will help people experience the solar eclipse by having members out from noon to 3 p.m. August 21 in the plaza outside the main library, a group news release said. Do not remove them while looking at the sun. The optical device concentrates the sun's light, which can damage the solar viewer and then your eyes.

A limited supply of free eclipse glasses are also available from the Brookings Public Library (limit two per family).

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!"

Chesterfield resident Carolyn Vokoun got a similar email from Amazon confirming the suspicions she had about the glasses she purchased.

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Amazon is issuing refunds to customers who purchased suspect solar eclipse glasses