ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN: Safe-Viewing Glasses and Other Things to Think About

We’re looking forward to you joining us at Norwich University on Monday, August 21, for activities that allow you to safely view the partial solar eclipse. (See Eclipse Watch at Norwich University for details.) Judging from the response, we anticipate a high turnout. Several faculty, staff, and cadets will be on-hand to help make the experience as enjoyable for you as possible.

As we count down to the Great American Eclipse, here are a few things to think about:


American Paper Optics certified eclipse glasses rated at ISO 12312-2. Scroll down for important information about fake eclipse glasses.

A number of you have asked about eclipse glasses. We have a collection of eclipse glasses rated at ISO 12312-2, purchased directly from the manufacturer, American Paper Optics (APO). They have been tested and certified. We are happy to make them available for use on site. Some guidelines about the glasses:

• Eclipse viewing with the glasses at Weintz Courtyard (Location 1) will be done in groups under the guidance of a professor.
• Because we have a limited supply, we regret that we won’t be able to give the glasses away. All glasses will be collected following viewing cycles.
• Eclipse glasses are meant for no more than three minutes of continuous viewing. For safety, we will time each group at two minutes per cycle.
The glasses are delicate. Please handle them carefully so they remain in good condition for use by others.
• Feel free to get in line multiple times throughout the afternoon to view the eclipse with the glasses at its various stages.
• The glasses will give you a specific view of the eclipse. Please plan to partake of the other activities that will help you see the eclipse in different ways.

Caution: If you have your own glasses, make sure they’re not fakes. There have been reports of faulty glasses sold on Amazon; imitators have sold glasses that closely resemble those produced by APO. Visit the manufacturer’s web page on eye safety to see a side-by-side comparison between the certified glasses and the fakes. The professors are happy to evaluate your glasses, but if they have any doubt, they will advise you to use the glasses provided at the event.


• Allow time for parking, and look for “event parking” signs placed near the event location.
• If you’re planning to be outdoors for the duration of the event (1:20 to 4 p.m.) please consider applying sunscreen.

Norwich 2017 Eclipse Viewing Locations

Norwich 2017 Eclipse Viewing Locations


Don’t take a chance! Permanent eye damage can result from looking at the Sun without proper eye protection, even for a fraction of a second. If you can’t make it to our event or another one guided by experts, consider watching the total eclipse online. We recommend these sources:

NASA website
High-altitude balloon view.


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