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People watch an annular solar eclipse in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. Millions of Asians watched as a rare "ring of fire" eclipse crossed their skies early Monday. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Amazon issued refunds for potentially fake eclipse glasses



Amazon is cracking down on potentially counterfeit solar eclipse glasses and said on Sunday that it has issued refunds to customers who purchased counterfeit solar eclipse glasses on their website, our affiliate KATU reported.

The company also said that it will also issue refunds for customers who bought glasses that "may not comply with industry standards."

"Safety is among our highest priorities," Amazon said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards. We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com, and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard."

The company's announcement is just one week away from the highly anticipated solar eclipse on August 21, where millions watch the moon will completely cover the sun. Viewers who want to look directly at the solar eclipse are encouraged to wear a special pair of ultra-dark sunglasses to prevent possible eye damage from the sun's rays.

Ivona Cetinic, a scientist at NASA, sat down with Circa and explained the importance of wearing solar eclipse glasses.

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"In order for you to fully enjoy the solar eclipse, you want to wear good sunglasses," Cetinic said. "If you use anything else it’s going to hurt you and you’re not going to enjoy it."

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) posted list websites and vendors who sell verified eclipse glasses such as American Paper Optics, APM Telescopes, Baader Planetarium, and Celestron.

Some Amazon customers think the refund is too late.

Others are glad that the company caught the mistake in time.

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