Amazon is offering refunds after selling fake eclipse glasses — here's how to tell if yours are safe

Amazon is pulling eclipse glasses listings and issuing refunds after sellers allegedly offered products that aren't safe.

As supplies of the glasses run short, some customers are turning to knockoffs that don't offer the protection from damage that the space event can cause. The real glasses have very dark lenses, designed for viewing the space event.

The knockoffs often don't meet industry standards, according to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and NASA, which have put out a list of brands that are deemed safe.

"It's a bunch of unscrupulous people cashing in on the eclipse and putting public safety at risk," Richard Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), told Reuters.

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Salem's the first sizable U.S. city with a chance to catch the eclipse when it hits Oregon.

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The eclipse will hit residents in Idaho next, with an opportunity to see totality in Idaho Falls. In Boise? Drive north a bit for your chance at totality.

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The eclipse sweeps across most of Wyoming, with Casper perfectly placed along the center of the path -- which means the eclipse will last longer there than on the outer edges.

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In Montana, but don't want to leave the state to get your eclipse fix? Totality will be visible from a tiny sliver of the Southwest corner of the state, but it's probably easier to just drive all the way to Idaho or Wyoming instead.

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Plenty of Nebraskans will have the chance to catch totality -- as the moon's shadow passes from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast corner.

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Like Montana, the total eclipse path will scrape across the tiniest portion of Iowa, but again, your best bet will likely be to travel into a state to your south or west instead. 

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You can catch the total eclipse from Kansas too if you head up to the northeast corner.

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Folks in Kansas City will get to see the total eclipse in Missouri, along with those in Columbia as it heads southeast across the state. St. Louis residents might need to drive a bit to see the total show.

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Residents of southern Illinois will get a total eclipse treat too, but anyone north of Belleville will need to drive to catch the big sight.

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Most folks in southwest Kentucky will get a chance to see the moon's shadow too.

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The eclipse will sweep across a big swath of Tennessee next, hitting Nashville and sweeping between Knoxville and Chattanooga.

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The northeast corner of Georgia is in the eclipse's path too. 

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Only a handful of North Carolinians will be able to see the total eclipse from their homes, as it hits a tiny portion of the southwest corner of the state.

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Amazon said in a statement on August 13 it is contacting customers that may have bought knockoff glasses from the site and is offering refund "out of an abundance of caution." The statement notes that all eclipse glasses sold on the website are required to comply with the industry standards for safety. The company also removed some listings for glasses, but did not specify which brands.

To make sure that the glasses you're planning on using or buying complies with the standards set out by the organizations, check if they're one of the approved brands below. The AAS also stated not to pay much attention to the ISO seal stamp meant to authenticate the glasses as real, as some knockoffs have the stamp as well.

These are the safe eclipse glasses brands that you should be buying:

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