Science is for everyone is an irrefutable statement, there are people who remain underserved for want of proper education, guidance and above all equipment. The August 2017 solar eclipse is going to be an awesome celestial show when the Sun will sweep across the continental U.S. from coast to coast for the first time in nearly a century.
Those who have access to universities, scientific organizations, and science clubs will no doubt cash-in on the opportunity to view the August 2017 total solar eclipse, but there are those who are underserved and need a little assistance to be a part of this event.
Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has announced that in celebration of the upcoming August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, it will be providing over 100,000 solar viewing glasses to underserved communities across the United States. The donation recipients will be selected from deserving groups serving minority based-schools, youth community centers, children’s hospitals and others through an online registration process on the AWB website. To apply to receive the eclipse glasses, visit the AWB Glasses Giveaway page.
While lucky skywatchers located along a narrow corridor running from Oregon to South Carolina will witness the dramatic total eclipse, everyone across the country will have an opportunity to see, with proper eye protection, at least a partial eclipse.
“This eclipse is historic, with a huge effort underway by organizations across the country to prepare people for the experience and use this rare opportunity to teach science,” said Mike Simmons, President and Founder of AWB. “We’re very pleased to be able to provide access to eclipse viewing to those who might otherwise miss out, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.”
This large giveaway is made possible by the generous donations of glasses from AWB partners Google (50,000 glasses), Big Kid Science with an additional contribution from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (50,000 glasses) and the American Astronomical Society (3,200 Eclipse Megamovie project glasses).
AWB also has solar glasses available for purchase to the general public. All proceeds from sales go directly to support AWB international grassroots science outreach programs.