A rare solar eclipse coming up in August will require special glasses to see safely, so libraries across the country are giving away free pairs leading up to the big spectacle.

The eclipse is set for Aug. 21.

People are not supposed to look directly at the sun without the special eyewear, as it could burn right through their corneas.

So protect your eyes. The Moore Foundation is providing about two million pairs of the special glasses to about 4,800 libraries in the country.

You can also take part in one of the Jacksonville Public Library's events celebrating the Great American Eclipse and receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing goggles while supplies last.