Solar re-clipse: Viewing glasses collected for recycling

first_imgThe number of protective glasses that were worn during the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 must be astronomical.Now, three Vancouver collection centers will help get those glasses to children who can use them in 2019, when solar eclipse paths cross Asia and South America.The drop-off locations for those worn-just-once glasses are at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Clark County Public Health and Kazoodles toy store.Fort Vancouver’s collection point is in the Visitor Center, near the east end of Officers Row, which also was a popular distribution point heading into the eclipse.On Aug. 21, when many viewers came to the historic site to witness the event, “Fort Vancouver distributed approximately 700 eclipse glasses free of charge,” said Theresa Langford, National Park Service curator. “Prior to that day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver sold approximately 800 glasses.”Kazoodles has already collected 400 pairs of eclipse glasses.“Some were never used,” said Mary Sisson, co-owner of the east Vancouver toy store. Some customers that bought big batches — maybe for a company’s employees or a nursing home’s residents — wound up with more than they needed.The eclipse glasses are being collected by Astronomers Without Borders. The group will send the glasses to schools and other institutions in countries where they’re not available.last_img read more

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