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Get solar eclipse glasses ahead of April 8

Those planning to view the total solar eclipse that will darken several cities across Indiana on April 8 should secure proper eye protection ahead of time. While it’s OK to look directly at the total phase of the eclipse — when the sun is completely covered by the moon — without eye protection, people should use eclipse glasses or viewers to observe partial phases of the eclipse.

If you want to purchase your own eclipse glasses, check the American Astronomical Society’s list of safe suppliers. Indiana University will distribute a limited number of eclipse glasses across its campuses ahead of and on April 8.

IU Bloomington

Eclipse glasses will be distributed to Hoosier Cosmic Celebration ticket holders as they enter Memorial Stadium for the star-studded event April 8. Glasses will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis at free events taking place in the Arboretum and Dunn Meadow.

A limited number of glasses will also be available at first-aid and information stations at Lauren Robel Plaza, Briscoe Quad and Wells Library.

People can purchase eclipse glasses ahead of April 8 from the IU Bookstore in the Indiana Memorial Union and the Indiana Hoosiers Team Stores in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and the Carmichael Center on Indiana Avenue.

IU Indianapolis

Beginning March 20, eclipse glasses will be available at the Campus Center Information Desk while supplies last. Housing and Residence Life will also distribute glasses to students who live on campus.

IU Columbus

IU Columbus will distribute eclipse glasses at the Columbus Learning Center Library, Columbus Learning Center Landing, and at the Campus Center admissions desk beginning March 26 until supplies last.

IU East

Eclipse glasses will be available to students, faculty and staff who attend “Bash at the Graf” April 2 in the Springwood Hall Graf Center. IU East will also distribute glasses during an April 3 celebration of eclipse-themed student writing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Whitewater Lobby.

School and community groups who attend IU East’s Solar Walk on April 4 and 5 will be offered glasses.

A limited number of eclipse glasses will also be available on campus April 8.

IU Fort Wayne

Beginning March 25 and until they are gone, IU Fort Wayne will offer eclipse glasses in Student Central, located in Neff Hall 110.

IU Kokomo

Students can pick up eclipse viewers at the Welcome Desk in Alumni Hall. Glasses will also be available during KEY Academy events leading up to the eclipse and at the Observatory on April 8.

IU Northwest

Students can stop by the Office of Student Activities table in the Moraine Student Center Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 and pick up a pair of eclipse glasses to watch the event safely. 

IU South Bend

IU South Bend will distribute a limited number of glasses in the Student Affairs Office inside the Administration Building.

IU Southeast

Eclipse glasses will be available in the Office of Campus Life, University Center South, from March 20 until supplies last.