Eclipse Viewing

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Apologies that I did not post this blog before today’s amazing eclipse – but tuck this post away for a mere 7 years from now, when the next total eclipse comes to the U.S. Not a terribly long wait…

We made sure we were out there today for the viewing, even though we were in an area with a 71% eclipse. We came equipped with two homemade viewing techniques.

The first is very simple to put together, tho the results weren’t fantastic. Cut a square in one piece of cardstock, and cover the square with aluminum foil. Prick a hole in the foil with a pin, then project onto a second piece of white cardstock. Here’s the sun with the fun just getting started!

Eclipse (1)The box pinhole projector we made was much more effective, though a bit more labor intensive. Cut two holes into one short side of a shoebox or cereal box. Cover one hole with foil; leave the other hole open (this is what you’ll peer into). Prick the foil with a needle or toothpick.

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Stand with your back to the sun and peer in – you’ll see the eclipse projected onto the inside wall of the box. The effect will be clearer if you line that side of the box with white paper, although this step isn’t necessary. In fact, we could see the shadows of the clouds on the inside of our box.

Of course, nothing compared to the look we got through the special viewing glasses of some friendly neighbors (who managed to buy theirs before every place under the (eclipsed!) sun sold out).

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Needless to say, we’ll be watching again on April 8, 2024.

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