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AAS: beware of fake solar eclipse glasses

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Scammers are taking advantage of the solar eclipse craze on August 21st in the form of fake eclipse viewers, according to the American Astronomical Society's website.

Those viewers are potentially unsafe and could harm your eyes.

Officials said this week it is no longer enough to look for the logo of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

It's also not enough to have the label indicating that the product meets the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for filters for direct viewing of the sun.

The AAS has discovered some companies are printing the logo and certification label on fakes.

Some sellers are even going so far as to display fake test results on their websites to support their bogus claim of compliance, said the AAS on its website.

In response to this growing problem, the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force has put together a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers.

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