UPDATE: University gives away all free eclipse glasses
Students, faculty and Muncie community members were invited to snag a free pair of solar eclipse glasses from the Scramble Light from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today.
By 9:40 a.m., all 10,000 pairs of glasses were handed out, leaving the Scramble Light and other local stores out of the necessary viewing glasses, which prevent eclipse onlookers from scorching their corneas.
All local stores are sold out of the glasses, and the university will not provide additional pairs during the 2 p.m. viewing party on University Green, university spokesperson Marc Ransford said: "We are out of glasses. Several members of our staff arrived at the Scramble Light just before 9 a.m., to find that had been people standing in line since 7:30 a.m. We gave all the glasses away very quickly."
However, the university will still provide alternative options for obtaining a pair of glasses during the eclipse.
"We will have boxes set up for people to recycle their glasses when they are done with them. We hope people will take advantage of that and then there will be some available," Ransford said.
Solar eclipses happen somewhere on Earth every 18 months or so, but this year’s eclipse is unique because of the path of totality it will take across the United States.
The phenomenon, dubbed as The Great American Eclipse, will begin in the Pacific Northwest in Oregon and travel southeast until it passes over South Carolina and into the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 21.