Solar Glasses Distribution

Solar Eclipse Argentina December 2020

From One Solar Eclipse to Another - AWB is THERE.

Sending Solar Glasses to Build Community

Astronomers Without Borders has been sending solar glasses for annular and total solar eclipse since 2008. From Africa, Asia, North and South America, our members, partners and National Coordinators helped to bring glasses people who may not otherwise have a safe way to view the eclipse directly. Travelers from the United States would bring them in their luggage and hand them out to local villagers. 

Recycling Donated Glasses

Building a community beyond time and place - glasses that once sat on the faces of Americans for the 2017 Great American Eclipse built bridges to individuals all over the world!

Millions of donated glasses turned into a few hundred thousand that were vetted for reusability.

Tens of thousands were then sent to South America, Asia, Africa and South America again. Three years after the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, we have almost dispensed all the glasses that were entrusted to us from generous Americans who sent them to us at their own expense. 

Keep reading to find out more about our glasses recycling program. AWB is currently searching for funding to support this program after the 2023 and 2024 North American eclipses. If you are interested in financially supporting or becoming a collection/vetting node for this effort, please contact

AWB is committed to send glasses to those who need them for outreach and educational programs,

Glasses Sent Across the Globe

  • Eclipse Story: Morrie P.

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    From Morrie P.: As usual the Montreal nebula made its appearance and the clouds were present just after a few minutes of the eclipse. So we only saw a small glimmer of it. But still a successful event. ...

  • Eclipse Story: Michelle Sweeney

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    Eclipse Story: Michelle Sweeney Sipping breakfast tea on the waterfront Acrid scent of a hand rolled cigarette Wafts over my head And the hulls of the handful of boats Barely afloat ...

  • Eclipse Story: Theresa L.

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    From Theresa L.: In North Texas we were at about 78%, but it was still amazing to watch. I also love the shadows. Now, I need some good photography equipment. I’m excited for the total eclipse in April ...

  • Eclipse Story: Rafael M.

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    From Rafael M.: Took one photo while fighting with the clouds! Taken in St Augustine, Florida USA #onepeopleoneeclipse #myeclipsestory #eclipse

  • Eclipse Story: Jane R.

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    From Jane R.: We ate a picnic on this perfect October Saturday and enjoyed walking around to see the changing shadows in our yard. We are excited to get to reuse our eclipse glasses in April! #onepeopleoneeclipse ...

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