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DIY Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse

DIY Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse

We are only a few shorts days away from the first solar eclipse in nearly four decades! Try this easy DIY pinhole projector to view the eclipse- they are easier than trying to find eclipse glasses and better for your eyes than staring directly at the sun.

What you'll need

  • Cardboard Box
  • Sheet of white paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Pin or Thumbtack

How to make the pinhole projector

  1. Trace the bottom of your box on your sheet of white paper.
  2. Cut out the rectangle and tape it to the bottom of the inside of your box. This will be the projection screen.
  3. Close the top of the box and cut two holes along the right and left edges of the top panel.
  4. Cut a piece of aluminum foil to cover one of the holes and tape it in place.
  5. Poke a hole in the middle of the piece of foil using the pin or thumbtack.

How to use your projector

Take your pinhole projector outside and face away from the sun, so that its light shines into the pinhole. Look through the hole you did not cover with foil and you will see the sun projected on the white piece of paper inside the box! Hint: the longer the box, the larger the image will be!

If you end up making this pinhole projector, be sure to take a picture. Tag us on social media and use the hashtag #scdiy

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