No glasses for the Solar Eclipse? No worries, there’s another way to watch it safely
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – With the Solar Eclipse only a few days, it’s important to watch the rare show safely.
You can watch the show even if you don’t have glasses.
Sherry Singleton, from the Museum of Arts and Sciences, said you can use a pinhole camera instead. It’s the next best thing.
It’s a camera you can make out of supplies you find around the house like a shoe box and glue.
Singleton said making a pinhole camera is what many people will need to do, since the museum ran out of glasses.
“We sold out of solar eclipse glasses about two and a half weeks ago and it seems that a lot of the people around here, Ocumulgee Indian Mounds, Mercer, none of those people have the glasses either,” Singleton said.
The items you’ll need to make the camera are:
- white construction paper
- a shoe box
- a piece of aluminum foil
- Cut a 2 in. X 2 in. square on the top of your box.
- Cut a 6 in. x 6 in. piece of aluminum foil.
- Cut the construction paper to fit inside of the bottom of your box.
- Glue the sheet of paper inside the box.
- Take the aluminum foil and tape it on the top of your shoe box.
- Use a safety pin and poke a clean hole through the middle of the aluminum foil.
After you’re finished with your master piece, you can use it immediately.
“You’re gonna put the pin hole part behind you and then search for the sun and you’ll put this in front of you and eventually you’ll find the reflection of the sun as it’ll show up as a image right here in your box and it’ll be a yellow dot just like the sun would be if you were just looking at it,” Singleton said.
She said a pin hole camera is safe because you can’t always trust your kids to wear their glasses.
But if you don’t think the camera will actually work, just try it.
“Well make one for yourself, tonight when you get home after school, sit down with your kids and take it outside. Practice it over the weekend and see what you can do with it,”Singleton said.
And remember while you practice, don’t turn around and look at the sun, no matter how tempting it is.
You can go to the Museum of Arts and Sciences at 10:00 a.m. to make your own pin hole camera. Or if you have solar eclipse glasses, go to enjoy the show.