How to make your own solar eclipse projector

August 21, 2017 12:25 AM

No solar eclipse glasses? Here’s how you can build a DIY pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse.

Many of you asking: where can i get my solar eclipse glasses?

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They are sold out here in Rochester.

But guess what, there is a do-it-yourself option to view the eclipse safely. 

It's called a pinhole projector.

Tory Carissimo of Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons showed us how to make it.

You need a:

1. Cereal box.

2. Sheet of white paper

3. Tape

4. Pair of scissors

5. Aluminum foil 

6. Pencil

First, trace an outline of the cereal box on the white sheet of paper. Then cut and lay it inside the box.

Tory Carissimo: The paper is going to serve as our projection screen so it's going to go on the bottom of the box.

Then, close the flaps up top.

Tory Carissimo: We're going to cut two holes. One's going to be for your eye to look into the box the other one is going to be for the sun to shine in the box.

Leave out the middle section tape the top section of the box.

Next, grab the aluminum foil.

Tory Carissimo: So again it's not exact. It's just going to be enough to cover our hole here.

Tape it up and you're almost done!

The last thing you need is a pinhole, the smaller the better.

Tory Carissimo: A little pencil tip from a mechanical pencil like this also works great.

To test it, turn your back to the sun and point the pinhole directly to the sun.

Tory Carissimo: Even before the eclipse you can experiment around with it and you can use the uneclipsed sun and look through the viewer so you can see how clear the picture is before eclipse time.


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