If you've tried to buy solar eclipse glasses, you may have discovered they're a bit hard to come by.  But they're still out there.

Meanwhile, some companies are advertising great deals on them, where their glasses don't actually protect your eyes from staring directly at the eclipse and the sun.  So be careful where you get these.

NASA recommends ones from:

  • American Paper Optics
  • Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only)
  • Rainbow Symphony
  • Thousand Oaks Optical
  • TSE 17

So what's the difference?  According to the Greeley Tribune, your glasses will protect your eyes during solar eclipse viewing if they are:

certified ISO 12312-2 — it will say so on the glasses — as according to NASA that is the international standard for solar viewing.

If you read that article, you'll also see you may be in luck already if you happen to be a welder!

Good news, friend.  You can get NASA-approved glasses for $4, here.

By the way, the actual path of the 'eclipse goes through Wyoming and Nebraska, but not Colorado.  Still, you'll be able to see some pretty spectacular stuff from here.