No Solar Eclipse Glasses? Here is an alternative


On Monday, the U.S. will have its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in almost 100 years and Rochester will see a portion of this eclipse. The moon will pass between the Earth and the sun which will cast an impressive shadow on the surface of the Earth. The start time for the astronomical event in the Flower City is 1:14 PM with the maximum eclipse reaching 71% of the sun at 2:35 PM.

While the out-of-this-world event is a must-see experience, there is a danger because you could permanently damage your eyes if you look directly into the sun. Here is a simple warning - never look at the Sun with the naked eye or by looking through an optical devices such as a telescope! You need a protective lens to shield your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. If you do not have a set of protective glasses, fortunately, there is an alternative.

Try you hand at making your own pinhole projector by using some ordinary household items. I made my own "sun viewer" by using a few simple items found around the house . Here is a list of items you will need and this video will provide a little instruction. It is homemade viewing at it's best!

  1. Large cardboard shoe box
  2. Scotch tape
  3. Scissors
  4. Aluminum foil
  5. White piece of paper
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