Free Eclipse Glasses

Free eclipse glasses are available for students, staff and faculty to enable safe viewing of the total solar eclipse on the afternoon of April 8th, 2024.

Thousands of pairs of eclipse glasses have collectively been obtained by Residential Communities, The Physics and Astronomy department and the Box of Books Public Library. Several campus partners are working together to distribute these glasses for free to the Alfred community.

Where to get Free Eclipse Glasses
Residential Communities office in Bartlett, Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm
Herrick and Scholes Libraries, open 7 days a week including evening hours: Library Hours
Center for Student Involvement, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
The Box of Books Public Library in Alfred. Box of Books Library Hours
At Eclipse related events (Check AU Connect, Alfred Today etc.)

A total solar eclipse occurs when a portion of the Earth is engulfed in a shadow cast by the Moon which fully blocks sunlight. This is an exciting celestial event and the next total solar eclipse to be visible from New York is not until 2079! Alfred, NY is very near to the path of totality, though not quite in it. NASA Eclipse Information. Whether you can travel to totality or not, you should have eclipse glasses for safe viewing.

For more eclipse information and safe eclipse viewing procedures check out the recent Bergren Forum by Dr. Joshua Thompson, Director of the Stull Observatory.