With the solar eclipse approaching this Monday, August 21, 2017, we were antsy to figure out ways to watch the event. Being that this is the first time in 99 years everyone in the U.S. can view it, we were determined to make the most of it. Whether you are having a viewing party, or watching at home, try out these ways to safely watch the eclipse.
First and foremost, do NOT stare at the sun with bare eyes! Proper eye protection is key for this spectacle.
The first way to view this event is through ISO-certified solar eclipse-viewing glasses. If you’re lucky you may be able to snag a pair for free at your local library. If not, they are available online or maybe even at your local gas station. Sunglasses are not safe enough to stare at the eclipse.
Can’t get your hands on a pair of glasses? Don’t worry, we have some DIY ways for you to watch! Pinhole projection is a method you can use at home that is super simple. It requires a makeshift projector and a screen, while you're faced away from the sun. The best part is that these are made entirely out of household items.
Making a pinhole projector out of paper plates is the quickest and simplest way to view the eclipse. Follow these instructions for this method.
You can do this with white cardboard, paper, or Cheeky plates like we'll be doing! A more advanced version of this would be using a cereal box like this.
Have a pair of binoculars lying around? They work perfect as an eclipse projector! Hold the binoculars up to the sun and aim the eyepiece on a white surface such as a piece of paper. This works the same way as the pinhole projectors; just make sure not to point the binoculars at yours or anyone else’s faces to protect your eyes.
Want some more fun ideas? NPR says anything with a hole should work:
Happy eclipse watching!