The eclipse should not be viewed without special glasses. Without the cheap, cardboard, eclipse, glasses you may damage the retina of the eye. Since we have no pain sensors in our retinas damage can occur without us even being aware of it. So where can we procrastinators still find the glasses? The Washington Post has some suggestions, with a bit of a warning, call first as supplies sell out quickly.
Surprisingly many of the 7-11’s around the area have the glasses. If your local store doesn’t have them, try another nearby 7-11. Some Warby Parker stores may have the glasses but call first. Some libraries are giving out the glasses. Try local hardware stores. Also, check with these stores, they may have them but call before making a trip:
Toys “R” Us
“You shouldn’t be able to see anything through a safe solar filter except the Sun itself or something comparably bright, such as the Sun reflected in a mirror, a sunglint off shiny metal, the hot filament of an unfrosted incandescent light bulb, a bright halogen light bulb, a bright-white LED flashlight (including the one on your smartphone), or an arc-welder’s torch,” the AAS wrote in its press release. “All such sources should appear quite dim through a solar viewer.”
Enjoy this rare eclipse!