Total Eclipse DIY

View of the sun and trees through our pinhole projector

Today we got to witnessed the natural phenomenon of the total solar eclipse. Pappa Bear decided to work from home so we could watch it together. He is a huge science guy so of course he had to! I did not realize the build up for the eclipse was so huge. We have spent all morning watching the NASA streams and the different news specials on it. Of course for safety reasons you should not look directly at the sun to view the eclipse. The special viewing glasses were sold out everywhere around me so we resorted to a good old school pinhole projector.

Supplies:

  • cereal box
  • scissors
  • foil
  • tape
  • white paper

Directions:

  1. Outline the bottom of your cereal box on the white paper & cut it.
  2. Place the paper on the inside of the box. You might need to tape it.
  3. Cut out the two top corners of the top of the box.
  4. Tape the lid shut
  5. Cover one of the corners with foil and tape it down.
  6. With a needle or push pin make a small hole in the center of the foil

How To Use It:

Stand with your back to the sun and look through the opened corner. You will be able to see the projection along the bottom of your cereal box.

This pinhole projector was super easy to make and use. Pappa Bear ran around back and forth trying to view it from different angles. The excitement he has is too sweet not to get excited with him.

The news specials are still going and we are still sitting down watching it as I am sitting here typing. It is amazing to watch it happen in totality over television.

Like he said “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity”. April 8, 2024 will bring with it the next solar eclipse and we have decided we will plan a trip to experience it in totality! Yes we love science!

Projections made from the sun made the holes seem crescent like

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    neha
    August 22, 2017 at 5:38 am

    That’s a cool DIY idea! Was there a total solar eclipse in your area?

    • Reply
      mammabearsays
      August 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Hello! No total eclipse sadly we only saw about 60% But it was still so much fun

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