How to safely view the solar eclipse — and where to get glasses

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016 file photo, people wearing protective glasses look up at the sun to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia. Doctors say not to look at the sun without eclipse glasses or other certified filters except during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blots out the sun, called totality. That’s the only time it’s safe to view the eclipse without protection. When totality is ending, then it’s time to put them back on. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The much-anticipated 2017 Solar Eclipse is quickly approaching — and some may still be looking for glasses.

You need a special pair of ultra dark sunglasses to see the eclipse on Monday.

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Look for glasses that show the manufacturer’s name and make sure there’s an ISO icon. NASA has a list of approved retailers where you can buy safe glasses for the eclipse.

The retailers include Kirklands, Lowe’s, Hobby Town and Kroger. See the full list of retailers and manufacturers on the official eclipse website.

NASA issues safety warning for unsafe eclipse glasses

NASA advises to check your solar filter — and to discard the glasses if they are scratched or damaged.

To safely view the eclipse, NASA says to stand still, cover your eyes with glasses or solar viewer before looking directly at the sun.

Watch the 2017 solar eclipse at your local library

If there are no more glasses in your area, there is the pinhole projection technique where you can view partial phases of the eclipse.

A full list of safety tips can be found at this link.