Last week thousands of West Michigan residents were prepared to view the partial solar eclipse of the sun, armed with eclipse sunglasses. If you are one of those people and are now wondering what to do with your solar eclipse glasses, then you are in luck.
Astronomers Without Borders has designated Grand Valley State University in Allendale as the only location in the Grand Rapids area for people to return their eclipse sunglasses. The glasses will not be thrown away, but rather be sent to schools in South America and Asia for future eclipses.
The glasses are being collected at the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center in Mackinac Hall, room C-1-120 on the Allendale Campus. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Collection will be open through September 15.
The next total solar eclipse won’t happen in the United States until 2024 in the Cincinnati area, but will happen in South America and Asia in 2019.
For more information on recycling and reusing your solar eclipse glasses, contact the RMSC at (616) 331-2267