So you've waited until now to look for eclipse glasses and like millions of other Americans you're finding them impossible to find or outrageously overpriced. The US is in Total Eclipse Fever and it's only going to get worse in the next few days.
1. Make a pinhole viewer, this video will show you how to make one out of a cereal box.
2. Go to your local library.
With support from NASA, Google, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Space Science Institute's STAR_Net initiative has distributed more than 2 million ISO-compliant safe solar eclipse glasses to more than 6,900 libraries all across the US," according to American Astronomical Society's website about the 2017 total solar eclipse.
Here is link to a google earth map listing all the libraries across the US that will have glasses on hand Monday.
3. Find a local astronomy club hosting an eclipse event.
If you live in or near south Florida you’re in luck, the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association at the Fox Observatory in Markham Park in Broward County is hosting an eclipse event from 12-5 pm on Monday. They will have several solar safe telescopes to look thru and will have eclipse glasses for the general public to use (first come, first serve on the glasses). This will be a very popular viewing spot for south Floridians.
Be prepared and self-sufficient as the SFAAA is a amateur astronomy club and although located with a Broward county park they are mostly funded by donations from the public and its members. That said bring your own water, food, lawn chairs, sun protection and whatever else to make yourself comfortable.
Yours truly is a member of this club and I will be there with my personal scope set up for solar viewing. So come on out and say hello.
More info on this event can be found here http://www.SFAAA.com .
4. Nasa Eclipse Live Stream.
NASA Television will air a four-hour show, Eclipse Across America, with unprecedented live video of the celestial event, along with coverage of activities in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the nation, and on social media.
5. DIY solar eclipse viewer
You can make a solar eclipse viewer with things you already have around your house! It is a quick and easy process and all you need are the following materials Two rubber bands A paper towel tube A paper plate A small piece of aluminum foil A small piece of parchment paper Scissors And a nail or thumb tack This creates a simple projection style solar eclipse viewer with a face shield to protect your eyes when in use!
Clear skies and be safe!