No Eclipse Glasses? Hack A Pizza Box Instead

21 August, 2017, 06:48 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Looking at anything as bright as the sun is NOT safe

The American Astrological Society has also compiled the ultimate list that documents everywhere you can find safe eclipse glasses and viewers, online and in stores.

No matter how you decide to watch the eclipse, it's important to just enjoy the spectacle without causing lasting damage to the eyes. But looking at anything as bright as the sun is NOT safe without proper protection.

Here's what you'll need: a cereal box (any cardboard box that you can cut will do), a plain white piece of paper, glue or tape, scissors, a nail or the head of a pen and aluminum foil.

Tape the piece of paper inside the bottom of the box and seal the cereal box up. "This makes it easier to see the projected image", NASA advises.

Next, cut a small hole in the center of the pizza box's top, tape a square piece of foil over it, and poke a tiny hole in the foil.

Cut a rectangular hole at the end of the box.

In order to watch the solar eclipse using the DIY projector, one must simply turn his back to the sun and look into the right, uncovered hole. When taped into place, the aluminium foil should then be pricked with a pinhole right at the very center. This will allow the sun's rays to come through the pinhole on the left side of the cereal box and onto the paper on the other side of the box.

The pizza box viewer is essentially a pinhole camera, which harnesses a property of light called diffraction to bend and magnify light. The farther away you hold your camera, the bigger your projected image will be.

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