Hey New York sky gazers! The solar eclipse that we've all been waiting for is this Saturday, October 14th. If you want to see this celestial phenomenon, you're probably wondering where you can get your hands on some solar eclipse glasses. Well, look no further my friends.

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We've got some information on where you can get a pair of glasses for free. First of all, remember that looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection is a big no-no. That are important, so you can safely see the eclipse.

Forget about wearing your regular sunglasses because they won't give you the protection you need. If you want to go the online route, you can buy solar eclipse glasses. But don't delay because the solar eclipse is this Saturday and it could take a day or two for the glasses to get to you.

If money is tight or don't want to risk your glasses not coming in time, there are places where you can get them for free. Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation-funded Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries project, five million pairs of solar protection glasses are being distributed to 10,000 libraries across the United States.

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To find a participating library near you, check out this interactive map. But act fast because the glasses might be in high demand. Contact your local library and see if they have any glasses available. Remember, the early bird catches the worm, or in this case, the eclipse glasses!

Other then libraries, keep an eye out for community events hosted by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Eclipse Ambassadors. This is a NASA funded project and it is also distributing free solar eclipse glasses, with a focus on underserved communities. Check with science museums, planetariums, and even local colleges and universities because they might be having events that provide free glasses on October 14th.

In case you want to buy eclipse glasses and have doubts about which brands to trust, the American Astronomical Society has put together a list of Suppliers of Safe Solar Filters & Viewers. Pay attention to names like American Paper Optics and Rainbow Symphony. Look for glasses that clearly say they meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

As far as the solar eclipse goes, most places in the US will have a partial solar eclipse. In New York, for example, 23% of the sun will be obscured, while Los Angeles residents will see around 71%. The closer a location is to the central path, the more of the eclipse it will witness. It will extend around 125 miles wide and span nine states from Oregon to Texas.

Regardless of your location or the type of eclipse, ALWAYS wear your solar eclipse glasses to safely SEE this cosmic marvel. Mark your calendars (October 14th), find reliable solar eclipse glasses, and get ready for an awe-inspiring celestial show!

Here's to clear skies and wide eyes as we witness the magic of the solar eclipse.

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