How to view the solar eclipse and where to purchase viewing glasses

CSRA (WJBF) - Lots of people are looking for the perfect location to the view the total solar eclipse, but first you have to know how to view it and where to purchase your glasses.

You can purchase solar eclipse glasses at the following locations below, but before you do make sure you take precaution.

First, make sure you are purchasing glasses that are appropriate and not fake.

According to the American Astronomical Society, real eclipse glasses meet specific safety standards and will say it on the label.

If you try to look at the sun with solar glasses, and can't do so comfortably or you see hazy images, stop using them immediately, because you have purchased a fake pair of glasses.

So make sure you see an ISO 12312-2 requirement statement on the side of your viewing glasses to be sure they meet the appropriate safety standards.

Last but not least, never look at the sun directly without wearing protective eyewear.

Protect your eyes with proper solar eclipse glasses made with solar filters.

Sunglasses do not give you enough protection and without the proper gear you can damage your retina and cause irreversible eye damage.

However, viewing the total solar eclipse can be a fun family event if done properly.

Below is a list of locations as to where you can purchase solar glasses and how to properly view them.

 Where to purchase solar eclipse glasses in the CSRA:   


Aiken, S.C. (Sold Out) 

Walmart Supercenter

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: (803) 648-9197

 Augusta, Ga. ( Sold Out) 
  • Address: 4469 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30909
Hours: 10AM–10PM Phone: (706) 854-9892
  • Address3338 Wrightsboro Rd, Augusta, GA 30909
Phone: (706) 941-5317Hours:  Open 24 hours 

Phone: (706) 941-5317

Hours: Open 24 hours

North Augusta   (Sold Out) 

North Augusta, SC 29841

Phone: (803) 279-0545

Hours: Open 24 hours

Edgefield ( Sold Out) 
  • Address: 1041 Edgefield Rd, North Augusta, SC 29860

Phone : (803) 613-3082

Hours: Open until 11:00 PM

 Walmart Neighborhood Market  (Sold Out) 
  • Address: 300 S Belair Rd, Martinez, GA 30907

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: (706) 941-5148


Aiken, S.C. (SOLD OUT)
  • Address: 1795 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: (803) 642-5280

Augusta, GA. (Sold Out) 
  • Address: 2801 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30909

Hours:  Open 24 hours

Phone: (706) 731-7300

North Augusta, S.C. (Sold Out) 

Phone: (803) 442-4500

Hours: Open 24 hours



The South Carolina State Museum will be distributing solar eclipse viewing glasses with the purchase of a museum general admission ticket.

Sales began on Aug. 1. For more information visit, 

Historic Sites

Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

The Rivers Bridge State Historic Site will have eclipse related craft activities and programs for all ages. There will be a question and answer held for those who want to know more about the eclipse and viewing glasses will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Time: 11:00 a.m. lasting through the eclipse

  • Address: 325 State Park Road

Ehrhardt, S.C. 29081

Phone: (803) 267-3675

Cost of viewing glasses: $2.00

For more visit,


DuPont Planetarium
Address471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC 29801
Hours: 8:30 am - 5pm 
Phone: (803) 641-3654


2nd & Charles ( Sold Out) 

Address: 2834 Washington Rd., Augusta GA 30909

Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Phone: (706) 481-9090


Aiken, S.C. – Sold OutAiken County Library

Address314 Chesterfield St. SW

Aiken, SC 29801


(803) 642-2020

 Augusta, Ga.Augusta Richmond County Library EclispeWatch 2017

The Augusta-Richmond County Library will give away free solar viewing glasses to those who attend the EclipseWatch 2017 event. The tickets are free but are currently sold out. Those who want to attend will have to sign a waiting list, found at,  or by calling 706-821-2612 and leaving a detailed message with their name, number, email address, and the number of tickets they are requesting.

Please arrive by 2:15 pm the event will begin at 1:30 pm.

Date: Aug.21

Time: 1:30 pm – 3pm

Address: Headquarters Library

823 Telfair Street

Augusta, GA 30901

Phone: (706) 821-2600

For more information click here North Augusta, S.C.Nancy Carson Library

The Nancy Carson Library will be giving away free viewing glasses at their 2017 Solar Eclipse Party on Monday, August 21. Those who attend will learn more about why the eclipse occurs and will have the opportunity of painting galaxy rocks. The Eclipse begins at 2:42 pm so being prompt will be best.

Time: 2 pm -4 pm, the party will end at 4:30 pm.

Address: 135 Edgefield Road

North Augusta, SC 29841


(803) 279-5767

For more visit,


Patridge Inn Augusta

The Partridge Inn will have a solar eclipse party at their newly renovated rooftop penthouse on Aug. 21.

The party will start a 1 p.m. with specialty drinks and food specials served. The ticket cost for the event will be $10 and can be purchased on

Types of beverages:                                         
  • Ring of Fire Martini
  • Total Eclipse Cocktail
Food specials available at the P.I. Bar and Grill:
  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
  • Smoked Chicken Wings
  • Smoked Pork Ribs.

Address: 2110 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904

Phone: (706) 737-8888

Cost of viewing glasses: Free

Cost: $10 for entry.

For more visit,

 How to view it without solar glasses:

You can view the total solar eclipse without glasses by getting a piece of card board and poking holes in it to make a pin hole effect, then look through it.

This can also be done with an old cereal box, but make sure in all cases that the sun is at your back when you view the eclipse.

Another way great way of viewing the total solar eclipse would be by sitting under a full branched leafy tree.

Look under the leafy tree at different phases of the eclipse, but make sure the branches are not broken branches or able to break while you are underneath.



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