Need-to-know: Picking the right eclipse glasses

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The highly anticipated solar eclipse is quickly approaching, and wearing sunglasses for the view will not cut it.

On Monday, August 21, the Tri-State will experience a partial eclipse, when approximately 91% of the sun will be covered by the moon.

As a result, the American Astronomical Society has released a list of vendors of solar filters and viewers to promote safe viewership of the natural phenomenon.

Safe solar viewers and eclipse glasses must meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard, according to WAVE 3 News.

There are a variety of different viewing apparatus ranging from cardboard viewers to plastic glasses, branded 'Eclipser HD', which look similar to regular sunglasses. Both types can be purchased locally or online and meet the safety criteria.

These glasses block out all surroundings except the sun while keeping the eyes safe from harm.

"Regular sunglasses are nowhere near safe enough, so you need to make sure you find something that is approved for directly viewing the sun," says Cincinnati Observatory Executive Director, Craig Niemi.

Retail stores selling proper viewing glasses include Kroger, Walmart, Toys "R" Us and Lowe's.

Click here for a full list of local and online vendors.

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