Eek! Are my solar eclipse glasses safe? Double check

The news that Amazon has been selling eclipse glasses that are not safe for human eyes might have you in a panic before Monday’s eclipse.

How do you know if yours are safe?

The American Astronomical Society of the National Science Foundation has these guidelines: 

Your glasses and handheld viewers should have the ISO 12312-2 safety standard on them.

Before you stare into the sun with your eclipse glasses, check if they are safe. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Reputable brands include:

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You can also find effective solar glasses (if they still have them) at these stores:

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Online you can find them at these sites, if they still have them or if they can get them to you in time:

Some libraries (though not the Austin Public Library) also have free safe glasses. Those that do are mostly given them out at their events.

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What are you doing with the family this hot weekend in Austin? Celebrate pets, bats and the eclipse Aug. 18-20

Missy Woodard holds her son, Bryce, 3, so that he can see a Snow Corn snake at the 2014 Austin Pet Expo. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014

It’s going to be a scorcher this last weekend before many kids head back to school on Monday or Tuesday.

Check out what is happening in and around Austin for families to enjoy:

Friday

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Star Party. Look at the stars. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Fridays. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Eclipse Planetarium Show. The Texas Museum of Science and Technology’s Discovery Dome mobile planetarium is visiting the Wells Branch Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Get free glasses and participate in interactive activities. 15001 Wells Port Drive. wblibrary.org/kids-teens

Family Movie Matinee: “Wizard of Oz.” 3:30 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

“The Wizard of Oz” is at the library on Friday. Warner Bros.

Saturday

Bat Fest. Celebrate all things bat with music, children’s activities and more. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $15 adults, free for children younger than 8. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. roadwayevents.com

Katherine Van Hook, 10, hung out at the Bat Fest in her bat hat in 2007. Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Northside Kids at the Domain Northside Back to School. Enjoy family performances for ages 2 to 12. Catch ColdTowne Theater 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. You have to sign a release to attend, and parents must be present. domainnorthside.com.

Science Saturday at Texas Museum of Science & Technology tells you all about the sun with activities about heat, solar energy, color, ways we use the sun’s energy, and the best ways to view the eclipse. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Wildflower Center. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Toybrary Austin. Back to School Bash. Play with bubbles in the backyard sprinkler party with Miss Milly McSilly. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. $10 per child.  Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. Have an animal adventure. For infant to 3. Learn about the sea all month long. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

“Jurassic Park” with UT Dino Museum. The museum brings the bones and other science materials. You watch the movie. 7 p.m. Saturday. $25 a car, plus admission for more than 2 people. Blue Starlight Mini Urban Drive-in. 12419 Lowden Lane. bluestarlitedrivein.com

BookPeople events. James Crowley reads “Monsterland.” 6 p.m. Saturday. Story times: Back to School. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Nothing Rhymes with Orange.” Saturday.

Literature Live! Presents: “The Fifolet.” For ages 8-12. 3 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.

ACT vs. SAT —What’s Right for Me? 10 a.m. Saturday, Ruiz Branch.

Fix It Clinic. Learn how to fix your broken stuff. Noon Saturday, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Saturday-Sunday

Hideout Kids Presents “Once Upon a Whaa?!” 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 27. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. $12-$8. scottishritetheater.org

7th Annual Austin Pet Expo. See all kinds of pets and things for your pet. Free. Bring your pet. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. austinpetexpo.com

Thinkery. Suminagashi Fabrics. Learn the ancient Japanese marbling technique. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 a.m. or 3:15 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Austin Summer Musical for Children: “Jungle Book.” 11 a.m. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Boyd Vance Theater at George Washington Carver Museum. 1165 Angelina St.

Back to School Book Sale. 0 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Yarborough Branch.

Hill Country Science Mill is exploring eclipses on Sunday.

Sunday

Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation School Supplies Sunday/Kutz for Kidz Event. Get free supplies and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hernandez Middle School, 1901 Sunrise Road, Round Rock. rrisdeducationfoundation.org/school-supplies

Total Eclipse of the Sun. Celebrate the upcoming eclipse and learn why eclipses happen. You can make your own art using the sun to burn wood and make a solar system mobile. You’ll also get free eclipse glasses to take home from the Johnson City Library. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

PBS Kids at the Alamo. “Ready Jet Go! The Moon and More.” 11 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline.

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 27. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

 

 

Catch eclipse fever in Austin, Central Texas at these family events

OK, so we in Austin won’t get to see a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, but we should get to see a partial eclipse from about 11:41 a.m. to 2:39 p.m.

Local museums and libraries are offering viewing parties on Monday as well as events before the big show for the whole family.

Bobby Damiano of the Texas Museum of Science and Technology talks to students at Eanes Elementary with a portable planetarium. The museum will offer multiple eclipse-related events through Monday.
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Here are some of the ones we found:

Friday

Eclipse Planetarium Show. The Texas Museum of Science and Technology’s Discovery Dome mobile planetarium is visiting the Wells Branch Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Get free glasses and participate in interactive activities. 15001 Wells Port Drive. wblibrary.org/kids-teens

Saturday

Science Saturday at Texas Museum of Science & Technology tells you all about the sun with activities about heat, solar energy, color, ways we use the sun’s energy, and the best ways to view the eclipse. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Sunday

Total Eclipse of the Sun. Celebrate the upcoming eclipse and learn why eclipses happen. You can make your own art using the sun to burn wood and make a solar system mobile. You’ll also get free eclipse glasses to take home from the Johnson City Library. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Monday

Solar Eclipse Afternoon Austin. Make a pinhole eclipse viewer starting at noon Monday at Howson Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd. library.austintexas.gov

Balcones Park Viewing Party. Join neighbors for a viewing but bring your own glasses. 1:10 p.m. Monday. Balcones Park, 12017 Amherst Drive.

Solar Eclipse and Sundial Grand Opening Event. Join the Austin Nature and Science Center in watching the eclipse as well as check out the new human sundial exhibit. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov

University of Texas Astronomy Department. Head to room Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway, Room 13.132, to see the eclipse with the astronomy department Heliostat. Glasses will be handed out as available. outreach.as.utexas.edu/eclipse/

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Thinkery. Make a pinhole projector, see the eclipse and watch an episode of PBS Kids Ready, Jet, Go! Free with admission. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Eclipse 2017 Cedar Park. Join the Texas Museum of Science & Technology staff with a hands-on eclipse science program, a viewing of the eclipse with astronomers and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Wells Branch. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday. Free solar glasses, information about the eclipse and refreshments are included. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive. wblibrary.org/kids-teens

Johnson City Library Eclipse Viewing Party. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday. The library will live stream the eclipse from around the country as well as have art projects, solar eclipse dances, cookies and more. 501 Nugent Ave. Johnson City. jclibrarysite.org

Eclipse Viewing Party Pflugerville. The Pflugerville Public Library is hosting a viewing party with glasses provided, an eclipse craft and screening of the Disney film “Wall-E.” 11:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Monday. 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville. library.pflugervilletx.gov

Eclipse Viewing Party Round Rock. See the solar eclipse with the Round Rock Public Library and the Williamson County Astronomy Club and the Space Science Institute. Safety glasses and telescopes provided as well as splash fountains, art and shave ice. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday. roundrocktexas.gov/event/solar-eclipse-viewing-party

Buda Eclipse Party at the Buda Library. Fun with activities, art and stories, and watch the partial eclipse at 1:10 p.m. Library will provide solar glasses for safe viewing. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Monday. Buda LibraryLawn, 303 Main St, Buda.

Taylor Public Library Solar Eclipse Viewing. Watch the eclipse with special glasses and enjoy moon pies. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, 801 Vance St., Taylor. ci.taylor.tx.us/25/Library

Bastrop State Park Viewing. Learn about what eclipses are, how they happen and how animal behaviors change as the sky gets darker in the middle of the day. $5 per person for 12 years old and up. Glasses provided. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday. Historic Golf Shelter, 100 Park Road 1A.

Find more eclipse information, statesman.com/news/solar-eclipse-2017.