Georgia School Collects Eclipse Glasses for Poor Students in Asia and South America

A Georgia school is collecting eclipse glasses for a group that plans to donate them to schools in Asia and South America, so students there can view an eclipse in that part of the world.

The Savannah Morning News reported that Chatham Academy in Savannah is collecting the glasses for Astronomers Without Borders, a group based in California.

The nonprofit astronomy group plans to distribute the glasses to underprivileged children in South America and Asia for the eclipse that will pass through those continents in 2019, the newspaper reported.

The next chance to see a solar eclipse over the United States won’t come until 2024.

The organization’s founder, Mike Simmons, said he found during his travels — some of which he spent chasing eclipses — that the love of astronomy was a way to connect with people from different cultures.

“It’s been in every culture throughout history, it’s truly universal,” he said. “We build bridges through that. The borders shift around, but the sky remains the same.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press