Graduate student offers free ISO-approved solar viewing glasses to view solar eclipse

Robert D. Moore Jr., a graduate student in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, is offering free ISO-approved solar viewing glasses to the university community in honor of the coming solar eclipse.

The glasses were originally donated by Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. Because they were donated by a nonprofit, they should not be sold in any way.

Due to limited supply, Moore will limit each person to five pairs. His office is A.W. Smith Building, Room 317. He can be reached by email at

He will be unavailable after Aug. 19, as he will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, to be in the path of totality.

Those who use the donated glasses are encouraged to take pictures to share with Stephen Ramsden, director of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, so he can see the donated glasses in use. Those pictures can be emailed to Moore at

  • Rob

    Holy cow! What can I say, other than thank you to the University community for your interest! That said, I regretfully have to say that I’m completely out of these glasses. I know this is a bit late, but between emails and people coming by…it was amazing! It makes me sad that I didn’t have a pair for everyone in Cleveland to be honest.

    Again though, thank you everyone that did express interest, and I hope you’ll all turn out for the party that the Astronomy Department is hosting on Monday. (In short, there’s still an opportunity for viewing the eclipse, so don’t despair! 😀 )

    I’m hoping to return from Tennessee with lots of good images that maybe the Daily or the CWRU Facebook page will allow me to share.

    Thanks again, and clear skies to everyone!