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Where to get solar eclipse glasses before the August 21 event

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KSBY News' Brooke Martell sports some solar eclipse glasses. (KSBY) KSBY News' Brooke Martell sports some solar eclipse glasses. (KSBY)

The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century happens the morning of August 21. 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.

The moon will pass in front of the sun starting shortly after 9 a.m. and ending just after 11:40 a.m. on Monday, August 21.

Northern San Luis Obispo County (Cambria, Paso Robles) will see the moon cover 67-percent of the sun. Southern Santa Barbara County (Santa Barbara, Carpinteria) will see 63-percent coverage.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers. KSBY News reached out Thursday to the retail chains listed that have local stores here on the Central Coast. Here is what we found out as of Thursday, August 10:

  • 7-Eleven - All San Luis Obispo store locations said they had solar eclipse glasses in stock
  • Walmart - 90 pairs on Aisle 9 in Santa Maria; 0 in Arroyo Grande (shipment expected the end of next week); Paso Robles won't have them
  • Best Buy - $25 kits solar eclipse imaging kits sold out in SLO; two in stock in Santa Maria
  • Lowe's - Sold out
  • Toys "R" Us - 0 in stock

If you know of a local store selling solar eclipse glasses or solar viewers, let us know by clicking the "connect" button at the top of this story or by adding a comment below.

If you're buying the glasses online, perhaps on Amazon, choose from the list of reputable vendors above and watch out for fakes.

Safe solar eclipse glasses must meet the International Organization for Standardization's standard. They will indicate they are "ISO 12312-2" compliant somewhere on the glasses.

Distributors are trying to cash in on the eclipse craze by selling knockoffs. If you don't properly filter your view of the eclipse, you could damage your eyesight.

The AAS says do not look at the partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or the like - even if you're wearing legitimate eclipse glasses or using a solar viewer.

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You can also make your own solar eclipse viewer out of a cereal box:

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