How to view the solar eclipse without buying the glasses

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN) – If you weren’t able to find a pair of special glasses to view Monday’s solar eclipse, have no fear!

Brianna Wall, senior “EDUtainer” at the OH WOW! children’s museum in Youngstown, said there is an easy way to make a pinhole projector using materials in your home. The projector offers a safe way to look at the sun’s rays without being blinded.

Experts say it’s important not to directly look at the solar eclipse because doing so could harm your eyes. The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable vendors that sell glasses on its website, but many places that offered glasses this week ran out.

You can watch the how-to video above. 

All it takes is a cereal box, aluminum foil, paper, tape, a tack, and some scissors or a knife.

  1. Trace the bottom of the box on a white piece of paper.
  2. Cut the piece of paper out and put it along the bottom of the inside of the cereal box.
  3. Seal the box with tape and make rectangular holes on the left and right sides.
  4. Cover the left side with aluminum foil and tape it in place.
  5. Put a small hole in the aluminum with the thumb tack.
  6. When you’re going outside with your viewer to take a look at the solar eclipse, you’re going to have the sun facing your back.
  7. Put your eye up to the hole on the right side. The sun will come through the aluminum foil and hit the white piece of paper inside the box and you’ll be able to safely view the entire eclipse.

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