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No Eclipse glasses? Create a Pinhole Projector!!

See directions for two different ways below:

To make a pinhole projector you will need 2 sheets of white paper and a pin or thumbtack.

Step 1. In one sheet of paper make a tiny hole in the middle using a pin or thumbtack. Make sure that the hole is round and smooth.

Step 2. With your back to the sun, hold the piece of paper with the hole in it above your shoulder, allowing the sun to shine through.

Step 3. The second sheet of paper will act as a screen. Hold it at a distance in your other hand. You will see an inverted image of the sun projected on the paper screen through the pinhole.

Step 4. To make the image of the sun larger, hold the screen paper further away from the paper with the pinhole.

to make a pinhole projector with a shoe or cereal box:

Step 1: Cut a small hole (about 1 inch across) in one end of the shoe box, near an edge.

Step 2: Tape a piece of tinfoil over the hole.

Step 3: Using a pin or needle, punch a hole in the center of the foil.

Step 4: Tape a small piece of white paper to the inside of the box, at the opposite end from the foil-covered hole. The paper should be positioned so that light entering the box through the pin hole will hit it. This is where you’ll look for the sun.

Step 5: Cut a 1-inch-diameter hole in the box near the image screen (the white piece of paper), but on a different side of the box — the side adjacent to the screen. This is your viewing hole; it must be positioned such that you can look through it at an angle and see the image screen.

When the time comes for the eclipse, hold the shoe box so that it lines up with its own shadow, demonstrating that it is aligned with light from the sun. Stand so that when you look through the viewing hole, you can see a tiny bead of light on the image screen; that’s the sun. During the eclipse, you’ll see the shadow of the moon pass in front of the sun.


Never look at the sun directly without protective eyewear. Sunglasses cannot protect your eyes, you need special eclipse viewing glasses.
Always keep your back toward the sun when using the pinhole projector.
Do not look at the sun through the pinhole.”

Links to local eclipse websites:

Enchanted Mountains Eclipse Webpage – Local Western New York site devoted to Eclipse safety and activities

I Love NY Eclipse Webpage – Eclipse viewing resources list from New York State including the Official I Love NY Eclipse playlist on Spotify!!

Eclipse Soundscapes – Countdown clock and Rumble map offering audio and tactile illustrations

Exploratorium – Live narration of the event from Texas and corresponding Auditory Composition using music & sound to interpret data.