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Still have solar eclipse glasses? N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is collecting them for international project

Posted September 6

Photo courtesy of NASA

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is collecting eclipse glasses now through Oct. 1 for Astronomers Without Borders.

The international program works on efforts to make it possible for everyone to enjoy the wonders of the night sky and other events, according to its website. To see a solar eclipse, viewers must use eclipse glasses or risk serious eye damage and even blindness. But, for many in the developing world, glasses are too expensive to purchase.

The glasses collected at the Raleigh museum will be sent to school kids in South America and Asia, so that they can safely view the next solar eclipses in 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to make it possible for kids in other countries to experience something that so many of us enjoyed last month when a total solar eclipse swept through the United States.

To donate your glasses, just bring them to the museum's stores by Oct. 1. The museum is at 11 West Jones St., Raleigh

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