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Where To Get Last-Minute Eclipse Viewing Cards In Bloomington

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun.

Photo: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun.

If you don’t have certified glasses to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, fear not! You can still get a card for safely viewing the phenomenon on the Indiana University Bloomington campus on Monday morning.

The university has 10,000 eclipse cards to give out to anyone who asks.

“Our eclipse cards are mostly for students, faculty and staff, but certainly we welcome the general public all the time. This is their campus,” says Teddie Phillipson-Cower, Associate Director of the College Office of Science Outreach.

And if you don’t manage to get one before they run out, just find a friend!

“Not everybody has to have their glasses or their own card,” says Caty Pilachowski, IU Professor of Astronomy. “The full eclipse will last about three hours so there will be lots of time to pass things around, to share them.”

Where to get glasses in Bloomington

University officials will be on hand at 10 locations on campus, handing out cards for free starting at 7:30 a.m.

At around 12:45, head over to the official IU watch party to get a card: CelestFest at the Conrad Prebys Amphitheater outside Bryan House. The event goes until 4 p.m., with lots of eclipse-related activities.

Other ways to watch the eclipse

If you don’t have eclipse glasses or a card, look down! Experts say when the eclipse shines through tree leaves, it will cast shadows on the ground that looks like the eclipse.

Or, make a simple pinhole camera to project an image of the eclipse onto a piece of white paper.

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