The nation is anxiously awaiting the amazing solar eclipse that is about to take place. Many people are traveling for miles to get to the best possible vantage point.
As people prepare for the event, many are purchasing special glasses so they can look into the sun and see the full eclipse. However, a new scam has just popped up that is fooling people who are buying those spectacles.
"The American Astronomical Society said earlier this week that it updated its safety advice 'in response to alarming reports' of unsafe 'eclipse viewers' popping up online. The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal -- which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization," according to reports.
"It now appears that some companies are printing the ISO logo and certification label on fake eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers made with materials that do not block enough [light]," AAS said.
Some of the scammers are even writing false certifications of safety and publishing them on their website. They are also allegedly making fake safety logos in order to sell their fraudulent merchandise.
In an effort to help people buy their glasses from a reputable source, the AAS has listed some for consumers. EclipseGlasses.com, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments are all approved vendors. The group also says there is a way to test your glasses for safety.
"When you put them on, you shouldn't be able to see anything...except the sun itself. If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it's no good," AAS said in a statement.
What do you think about this? Are you going to see the eclipse? Did you buy glasses? Let us know on our Facebook page! Also, be sure to read why BIlly Graham's daughter thinks the eclipse might be a scary warning from God.