There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming solar eclipse on Apri 8, 2024, as much of the state of Indiana will be in the path of totality, but those who wish to view the celestial event will need proper eyewear to protect their vision.

Safe Eclipse Viewing is Imperative

Viewing a solar eclipse is a magical and awe-inspiring experience, but doing so safely is imperative to prevent irreparable damage to your eyes. You should never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse.

Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Get Solar Eclipse Glasses

If the 2017 partial solar eclipse taught us nothing else, it was to plan ahead when it comes to eclipse viewing glasses. In the last few days leading up to the 2017 eclipse, people were scrambling to get their hands on viewing glasses, and many places that had them previously had already run out.

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Beware Counterfeit Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Another issue that many faced during the 2017 eclipse was that many of the glasses purchased online were not, in fact, safe for viewing the eclipse. The American Astronomical Society says that in 2017 many consumers were taken advantage of by unscrupulous online sellers.

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Indiana DNR Selling Glasses Approved by The American Astronomical Society

If you want to be certain that your eclipse-viewing glasses meet the safety standards of the American Astronomical Society, you may want to consider purchasing them from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Indiana DNR is offering a 4-pack of eclipse viewing glasses for just $10 in their online store. Single pairs of eclipse glasses can be purchased for just $3 at Indiana DNR gift shops across the state. In addition to safe viewing glasses, the Indiana DNR also has commemorative shirts on sale online as well.

LOOK: 31 breathtaking images from NASA's public library

In 2017, NASA opened the digital doors to its image and video library website, allowing the public to access more than 140,000 images, videos, and audio files. The collection provides unprecedented views of space. Stacker reviewed the collection to select 31 of the most breathtaking images, including the first from the James Webb Space Telescope. Keep reading to see these stunning images, curated with further information about the captured scenes.

Gallery Credit: Deborah Brosseau