There are now reports of fake Chinese eclipse glasses being manufactured and marketed to unsuspecting consumers. These glasses may have all the same markings as those that ARE
certified safe, but they are not to be trusted in protecting your eyes during as potentially dangerous activity as looking at the Sun!
Straight from none other than NASA, this email from 2/8/2017 was directed to everyone in the eclipse community, and is worth noting:
It has come to our attention that there may be eclipse/solar viewing glasses floating around that do not meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard
The glasses in question are from a company called Solar Eclipse International of Toronto, Canada. There is concern that this is a front for a Chinese
manufacturer that is not producing a properly certified product.
To date three manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and hand-held solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard
products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, and Thousand Oaks Optical. Please be careful and make sure that your glasses are [manufactured by] a certified vendor.
Clear skies and happy viewing.
C. Alex Young, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Heliophysics Science Division, Code 670
Building 21, Room 122
Greenbelt, MD 20771
How do you know your glasses are real?
Glasses sold by eclipse2017.org
are manufactured by
(one of the reputable companies listed by Dr. Young in his email). We have them shipped
directly to us from this wonderful company, and then they go straight to you.
Buying from another source means you may not be really sure of the quality of what you're buying. But you will NOT have that worry if you buy directly from us!
Thanks, and Clear Skies,