Are you ready for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience? This Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the heart of North America. This will be your one and only chance to see the most awe-inspiring of celestial wonders here in the United States.

But wait: You can’t just go out and watch a solar eclipse. Have you ever tried staring into the sun? Not only is it uncomfortable, it’s also damaging to your eyes.

But there’s a solution: eclipse viewing glasses. When you wear eclipse viewing glasses that meet ISO 12312-2 safety standards, you can look at the solar eclipse without squinting and without doing damage.

But eclipse viewing glasses aren’t available at the drugstore. Order them now to ensure you have them for Monday.

The Best Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Viewing a total solar eclipse is an event, a social occasion. With that in mind, most eclipse viewing glasses come in bundles of 5, 10, 20, 50 or even more. Here’s a look at your best, most effective and least expensive option for this Monday’s eclipse.

Soluna Solar Eclipse Glasses — Our Top Pick!

This pair of eclipse glasses is the only pair you’ll need for this Monday’s event. Available in packs of 10 and packs of 50, Soluna Solar Eclipse Glasses filter out 100% of harmful infrared rays, 100% of harmful ultraviolet rays and almost 100% of intense visible light.

They meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, which means you can wear them with confidence — they have been tested and re-tested for just such an occasion.

They are also made in the United States, which seems appropriate for this North American event. Europe enjoyed its total solar eclipse in 1999. Now it’s our turn.

And, finally, they are Prime eligible, which means you can get free 2-day shipping if you’re a Prime customer. And if you aren’t a Prime customer, shouldn’t you be? (And you can get a 30-day free trial just by clicking this link.) It’s a heck of a deal that covers your shipping and gives you access to streaming of music, movies and TV shows like Man in the High Castle and Red Oaks — shows I love and I’m sure you would love, too.

Get your Soluna Solar Eclipse Glasses in a 10-pack, and share with your family and friends.

Get your Soluna Solar Eclipse Glasses in a 50-pack, and take them to the office and share them when the moment happens in the middle of Monday’s workday.

Will You Be Able to See the Total Eclipse?

In the Lower 48, the eclipse will be highly visible to everyone. But only a few states and communities will get to experience the truly total solar eclipse.

The path of the total solar eclipse starts in Oregon and cuts southeast through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and finally through South Carolina.

Viewers in these states will enjoy the most dramatic sights. Others throughout the United States will still see an incredible eclipse, though it won’t be truly 100%.

Vox.com offers a nice tool that lets you enter your zip code to see what percentage of an eclipse you will enjoy and at what time. I’ll be in Dallas on Monday, for example, and I will get a 75.6% eclipse at 1:09 CDT. Check out your zip code here.

Why is This Eclipse Such a Big Deal?

This is an extraordinarily rare event. Eclipses happen all the time, but they aren’t typically total eclipses, and they aren’t typically right over the United States. People “chase” total eclipses like this one by traveling around the world. You get to watch from your own backyard, or more likely from the parking lot of an office building since it’s in the middle of a workday.

Again, Vox.com has done a great job of covering the eclipse. Here’s an explainer video from Vox’s Joss Fong:

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity

OK, so I know we live in an overhyped society that’s always scrambling to attach a superlative to events and moments that don’t deserve them. But this is truly your best opportunity to see a solar eclipse in your lifetime … Chew on that. Don’t let this moment pass by without taking action.

Don’t believe me about the hype? Just ask a real-life astronomer.

Get the glasses above, or browse around for a different pair that meets your needs — just make sure the glasses you buy meet ISO 12312-2 safety standards.

Where will you be watching the eclipse? Let us know in the comments section below, or you can always message us directly through our contact form.

 

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