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Schoolchildren Gifted Eclipse Glasses

By Iceland Review

Over 50,000 pairs of special solar eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed to Icelandic primary schools in the coming days, in preparation for the solar eclipse on Friday 20th March.

Icelandic primary schools teach children from the age of six to sixteen. The students of Rimaskóli in Grafarvogur were the first to receive the safety spectacles at a special ceremony today, Vísir reports.

The glasses are provided to students and teachers by the Seltjarnarnes stargazers’ association, astronomy website Stjörnuvefurinn and Hótel Rangá. There are 52,000 pairs to give out and some will also go to the country’s preschools.

The ceremony at Rimaskóli took place at 11.00 and included a presentation on eclipses, specially tailored to blind students.

The solar eclipse will be the most total seen in Iceland in 61 years and the event is being touted as a unique opportunity.

People’s eyes are very sensitive, however, and the sun’s rays are dangerous, meaning that it is important to protect them. Special eclipse viewing glasses are recommended for those wishing to look directly at the sun, while people are warned against relying on normal sunglasses.

Updated: As it is illegal for schoolchildren to be given gifts by private organizations, the glasses are being treated as a teaching material and children should, officially, hand them back after use.

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