No Eclipse Glasses? Hack A Pizza Box Instead

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 21, 2017

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse referred to as totality, when the moon entirely blocks the sun's face.

He warns that some of those glasses out there might not fill all of the requirements to safely view the eclipse. You can still enjoy the eclipse indirectly.

It is getting near impossible to find eclipse glasses anywhere in Beaufort County, and when they do become available, insane lines form as everyone rushes to grab them. An increasingly popular option is a welder's helmet (sometimes referred to as a welder's mask) with a Shade 12 or higher. You can seriously hurt your eyes and even go blind. Multiple stacks of sunglasses are not safe either.

There are also a few household items that can be used on the big day. Make sure that the box is sealed tight so that no light can get in other than through your viewing hole and the pinhole. Solar eclipses themselves are safe. When you hold your box up the image of the eclipse will enter through the pinhole and be projected on the paper on the inside of the box. Adjust your position until you see a small projection, a reversed image, of the eclipsed Sun on the paper inside the box.

This is especially great for kids to use since they won't ever have to look at the sun and risk hurting their eyes.

To make it, you will need a cardboard pizza box, foil, scissors, pen, tape and a sheet of white paper. Only during the totality. Stand with your back to the sun and hold the colander up, with the shadows pointing down on a piece of paper.

With reporting from Peter Hess.

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