Forget Special Glasses--the Best Views of the Eclipse Just Need a DIY Pinhole
I was in middle school
the last time a major solar eclipse
passed over my hometown. Some teachers supplied us with glasses and others helped us build viewers from cereal boxes, and we went outside for the big moment. It was okay, I guess. But when I got home, my mother told me how
saw the eclipse.
She told me that she stepped outside with her co-workers, and ended up sitting by a tree. And she noticed the shadow of its leaves on the ground. Everywhere there was a little gap between the leaves, each spot of light was in the same crescent shape as the eclipsed sun. It must have looked something like this:
When the eclipse happens on Monday, you don't even need a tree; you can
Or, for a more self-contained system, you can make a viewer out of a box. Save one of your giant Amazon boxes to make a viewer you can stick your head inside , or look a little less ridiculous with this handy viewer made from a cereal box:
This is the kind of viewer I used at school. It was fine, remember? My only regret was not looking around at all the
things that can act as a
And if you're caught outside without any equipment at all, just cross your fingers-literally, with a tiny bit of daylight in between them-and take a look at your shadow. Like the guy in the image up top, you'll be holding an eclipse in the palm of your hand.