Where can I get WDRB eclipse glasses?
It's the biggest question we've been fielding in the WDRB newsroom for the past several days: Where can I get a pair of solar eclipse glasses?
By: Jennifer Keeney
Assistant News Director
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the biggest question we've been fielding in the WDRB newsroom for the past several days: Where can I get a pair of solar eclipse glasses?
With the eclipse looming on Monday, many retailers have already sold out of the highly sought-after glasses. Demand skyrocketed after Amazon recalled some eclipse glasses because it could not verify whether they came from manufacturers recommended by NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Several school districts learned that glasses they purchased have been recalled and are now scrambling to make alternate plans.
WDRB's eclipse glasses are certified, and they're also in high demand. We supplied 60,000 pairs to local Heine Brothers coffee shops, but the stores ran out in only six days. We restocked them with another 20,000 pairs last Monday, and it only took one day for those to sell out.
So back to the big question: Where can you get a pair of safe solar eclipse glasses?
WDRB will have 20,000 pairs available at the Kentucky State Fair. Come visit us in our new location in the North Wing Lobby from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Because demand is so high, there is no guarantee that glasses will be available to everyone. At some times, we'll distribute them. At others, visitors will have a chance to win them on our prize wheel. We aren't scheduling times to give away glasses. We'll just have to decide how many we can give out by the size of the crowds for that day and time.
Glasses will also be available at our solar eclipse viewing party in the North Wing Lobby at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. If you don't have glasses, you can watch live video of the eclipse on the monitors in the lobby. (We use special filters on our cameras that make it safe to watch.)
No glasses? No problem! Take a look at this story on how you can see the eclipse safely without them. We will also live stream and break into programming from 2:15-2:35 p.m. to show you the eclipse live from Louisville and from Hopkinsville in the total eclipse zone. You can watch on air, on WDRB.com or on the WDRB News app.
WDRB's top priority in our eclipse coverage is to allow you to see it safely. That's why we went through the extra measures to make sure that our eclipse glasses are certified by NASA and the AAS. We're happy to have 100,000 of our viewers covered with WDRB glasses for what promises to be an incredible spectacle in the skies on Monday afternoon. We hope you'll join us at the Fair, on air or online for it. Enjoy the show!
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