The solar eclipse is here. Viewing an eclipse can be dangerous, so we’ve done a little digging and here’s how to make your own viewing kit in next to no time at all.

When using any kind of pinhole projector, you should stand with your back towards the sun. Do not look at the Sun through the pinhole or through the paper. It could blind you!

How it works

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You will need:

2 pieces of stiff white cardboard, something like two paper plates will do it.

Or, 2 sheets of plain white paper – the kind that you use in your printer is perfect.

A thumbtack or a sharp pin.

What to do:

Take a sheet of paper or card and make a very small hole in the middle using a pin or a thumbtack. The hole needs to be round and smooth.

With your back towards the Sun, hold one piece of paper above your shoulder allowing the Sun to shine on the paper.

The second sheet of paper is your viewing screen. Hold it at a distance so that an inverted image of the Sun is projected on it through the pinhole.

To make the image of the Sun bigger, move the screen further away from the pinholed sheet.

Stay safe

Never look at the Sun directly without protective eye gear. Not even sunglasses can protect your eyes from the damage the Sun’s rays can do to them.

ALWAYS keep your back towards the Sun while looking at a pinhole projection.

Do not look at the Sun through the pinhole or through the binoculars.

The eclipse should peak at 09:30am UK time. Have fun guys and cross your fingers that it isn’t cloudy….

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