Apr 4, 2024 - News

Where to find free eclipse glasses in New Orleans

Illustration of Earth with eclipse glasses on

Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

Libraries and a few stores in New Orleans metro have free eclipse glasses ahead of Monday's total eclipse.

Why it matters: You need eye protection if you want to look directly at the sun.

The big picture: All New Orleans library branches will have free glasses for patrons starting Thursday.

  • You can get three pairs per family, library spokesperson Marie Simoneaux tells Axios.
  • The branches also have free eclipse craft kits for children.

Jefferson Parish Library will give away glasses starting Friday at all branches.

  • Show your library card, and you'll get one pair of glasses for each person present, spokesman David Johnson says.
  • There's also a free eclipse party Monday from noon to 2pm at the East Bank Regional Library.

St. Tammany Parish Library is giving away glasses too, along with eclipse-themed crafts.

Warby Parker stores on Magazine Street and inside the Lakeside Shopping Center have free eclipse glasses as well.

Reality check: The free glasses are expected to run out quickly.

Other options: Walmart, Lowes and Ace Hardware are selling eclipse glasses in local stores, according to their websites.

State of play: You must wear eclipse glasses or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2, writes Axios' Analis Bailey.

  • Sunglasses are not safe alternatives.
  • Inspect eclipse glasses before use and discard them if torn, scratched or damaged.

The latest: In New Orleans, we'll see about 82% of the sun covered by the moon on Monday, NASA says. Shreveport will get closer to full totality.

  • The solar eclipse will start at 12:29pm Monday with maximum coverage at 1:49pm, according to NASA. It will end at 3:08pm in New Orleans.
<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals
<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024, eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect NASA's new estimate of 82% totality in New Orleans for the solar eclipse.

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