UPDATE: THE MAIN BRANCH OF THE MESA COUNTY LIBRARY RAN OUT OF GLASSES EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

A very rare solar eclipse can be seen from Western Colorado on August 21, and it is very important you don't scorch your retina. Where in Grand Junction can you find those cool glasses made just for looking at an eclipse?

If you are of the opinion you can simply wear your regular sunglasses, think again. Even if polarized, sunglasses just don't cut it. According to timeanddate.com, none of these commonly used materials will work:

  • sunglasses of any kind
  • color film
  • medical X-ray film
  • smoked glass
  • floppy disks

Special viewing glasses are a must. Besides, when was the last time you saw a floppy disk?

We need special eclipse viewing glasses, and we need them now. Where can you find them? There are a few places in Grand Junction making them available, but only in a limited supply and for a short time.

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    Mesa County Public Library

    443 N. 6th St., Grand Junction

    The Mesa County Central Library has a limited supply of eclipse-viewing glasses. They will be available to the public on a walk-in basis beginning Thursday, August 17. Glasses are available in the Youth Services Department or at the Information Desk at the top of the stairs.

  • 2

    Clifton Branch - Mesa County Public Library

    590 32 Road, #6F

    A limited supply of glasses will be available to the public as of today, Wednesday, August 16.

  • 3

    North Avenue Walmart

    The Walmart on North Avenue has glasses for sale at what appears to be a reasonable price. Look for the special display.

  • 4

    Atlasta Solar Center

    1111 S 7th St. Grand Junction