Make It Monday: How To Safely Watch The Eclipse

If you don't have a pair of ISO-certified Eclipse Glasses, you can still view the eclipse safely. It just takes a small amount of (fun) work on your part. Here are some options for you.

Before we begin: You should never look at the sun directly without equipment that's specifically designed for looking at the sun. Even using binoculars or a telescope, you could severely damage your eyes or even go blind! Solar eclipses themselves are safe. But looking at anything as bright as the sun is NOT safe without proper protection. And no, sunglasses do NOT count.  

Play safe and enjoy this once in a lifetime event.


What you can expect to see...


Make a pinhole projector


Make a pinhole camera

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Materials

Materials

  • 2 pieces of white card stock
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • Pin or paper clip
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Cut a square hole

1. Cut a square hole

Cut a square hole into the middle of one of your pieces of card stock.

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Tape foil over hole

2. Tape foil over the hole

Tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole.

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Poke a hole in the foil

3. Poke a hole in the foil

Use your pin or paper clip to poke a small hole in the aluminum foil.

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Try it out...

4. Try it out

Place your second piece of card stock on the ground and hold the piece with aluminum foil above it (foil facing up). Stand with the sun behind you and view the projected image on the card stock below! The farther away you hold your camera, the bigger your projected image will be.

To make your projection a bit more defined, try putting the bottom piece of card stock in a shadowed area while you hold the other piece in the sunlight.


Hat tip to NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory for this information.

Michael Liss