Scam of the day – August 9, 2017 – Solar eclipse glasses scam

Solar eclipses are rare and spectacular events.  On August 21st a solar eclipse will be largely visible throughout a wide area of the United States. Many people are attracted to this phenomenon as well as scammers willing to take advantage of those people.

Viewing a solar eclipse without protective glasses is extremely dangerous and can result in serious damage to your eyes.  Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes while watching an eclipse.  The only way to safely observe this event is to use specially created eclipse glasses.  Fortunately, there are many places that you can purchase proper eclipse glasses. Unfortunately, there are many scammers who are selling defective eclipse glasses that will provide little or no protection whatsoever.


The American Astronomical Society has a list of Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers which lets you know both the trustworthy manufacturers of effective eclipse glasses as well as where you can buy them.  Here is a link to their website with that information.

Make sure that any eclipse glasses you purchase carry the manufacturer’s name and address on the glasses and that they are on the approved list. Don’t take the risk of buying eclipse glasses from any company that is not on the American Astronomical Society’s list.

4 thoughts on “Scam of the day – August 9, 2017 – Solar eclipse glasses scam”

  1. If you folks are going to enter the media scare and panic the public, then Your website should be ready and available to those who want to use it for information. I have tried for three days to access your website about competent eclipse glasses vendors and have been unable to do so. This situation really sullies your image as a leader in this national event.

    1. I am sorry you had trouble accessing the website, but it puzzles me that you were able to leave a comment in the area of the website where the information you seek can be found. Try again at and go to the Scam of the day for August 9, 2017 where you can find links that provide the information about what kind of glasses to use and where to find them. Good luck.

  2. Thanks for sharing a valuable reminder. I found your post describing the eclipse viewer scam to be correct and factual.
    I’m confused, however, about why Kathryn felt you were “going to enter the media scare and panic the public” – and then comments that “This situation really sullies your image as a leader in this national event.” Perhaps she intended the message for the American Astronomical Society?
    I did not find any scare tactics, click bait language, or panic in your warning, nor by the AAS.

    Continue the good fight. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your email. I didn’t quite understand her email either. The important thing to remember is to be careful when buying glasses to use to view the eclipse and avoid being scammed and potentially harming your eyes.

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