DIY: Here's how to make a pinhole projector to see the solar eclipse
(WKEF/WRGT) - If you want to safely see the upcoming solar eclipse, Mike Joyce shows you how to make your own pinhole projector at home!
You will need:
- A long cardboard box or thick tube.
- Duct tape
- Aluminum foil
- Pin or thumbtack to poke a hole in the cardboard
- Paper cutter or scissors
- White paper, preferably construction paper or a blank notecard
Here’s what you need to do:
- Cut a small rectangular hole at one end of the box.
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil that is slightly larger than the rectangle.
- Make sure the foil is smooth and flat.
- Poke a little hole in the center of the foil with a tack or pin.
- On the opposite end of the inside of the box, tape the white paper.
- Stand with your back toward the sun.
- Adjust your angle until the sun image is projected on to the white paper.
- A longer box will have a larger/better projection. Use the longest box that you can hold!
- DO NOT look at the sun directly through the pinhole. Keep your back toward the sun.
During the eclipse, harmful UV rays can still affect the skin, especially before and after. Wear sunscreen just as you would if you were going to spend a long time outside on a normal summer day.