Solar Eclipse: Viewing Tips & Tricks
LkldTV met with Cleveland Carter, president of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society, in preparation for Monday’s solar eclipse. It’s never safe to look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter. The only exception is during totality when the moon completely blocks the face of the sun. On August 21, 2017, this will happen but only for a few minutes within the roughly 70-mile-wide path of the moon’s dark inner shadow from Oregon to South Carolina, called the path of totality. Lakeland doesn’t fall on this path, so if you would like to safely view the eclipse you’ll need some equipment.
One option is to create a pinhole projector. Cleve shows us how to build two models, one of which allows you to use your camera as a viewfinder and take some photos.
Project 1 requires these supplies: a cardboard box, a piece of white paper, masking tape, a tool to cut the cardboard, a pencil, and a camera.
Project 2 requires these supplies: a cardboard box, a piece of parchment or wax paper, masking tape, a tool to cut the cardboard, and a pencil.
Give it a shot and share the results in the comments.
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