To help combat the fraudsters, the organization posted a list of vendors from which you can snag a pair of glasses that are guaranteed to work.
In case you haven't heard, it's not safe to look directly at the sun. They include 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowe's and Walmart.
"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", Dr. Van Gelder said.
For those who want to know where to buy glasses to view the August 21 solar eclipse, the American Astronomical Society has some words of advice to guard against fake eclipse glasses being sold in numerous places that will not protect the eyes from injury.
The program is called "How to Fully Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse" and it will give safety tips and techniques while focusing on fun facts, historical eclipses, and mythology such as heavenly events. Glasses can also be purchased from Parkland Planetarium for $1.
The February 1979 eclipse passed over most of Montana.
If that's the case, experts recommend that you should contact whomever sold you the filter and demand a refund or credit for a return, then buy a replacement from one of the sources listed on the AAS's reputable-vendors page. We will only see a partial eclipse on the Central Coast, meaning plenty of sun will still shine through - all the more reason to protect your eyes while looking skyward.
Ordinary sunglasses are not up to snuff. "It's very exciting for them and they want to take the eye protection off", Dr. Van Gelder said.
No matter how you see it, this eclipse can change your perspective. A shade number of 13 is ideal, AAS says, but those are hard to come by. The moon will block the sun and turn daylight into darkness. "Don't wait until the last minute to attain your filter or eclipse glasses". And it's been almost a century since a total solar eclipse was visible coast to coast.