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DIY Solar Eclipse Projectors

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NASA has informed us that it is recommended that special-purpose solar filters are necessary to take in this event even if some locations only get a partial eclipse. NASA has informed us that it is recommended that special-purpose solar filters are necessary to take in this event even if some locations only get a partial eclipse.
The Eclipse begins in Lima at 1:01:48pm with the mid eclipse happening at 2:27:42pm. The Eclipse begins in Lima at 1:01:48pm with the mid eclipse happening at 2:27:42pm.

As you know, the solar eclipse is scheduled to cross the lower 48 on Monday, August 21. True, it will surely be a spectacle to see but the question remains, are you prepared for it? Viewing an eclipse by the naked eye can and will have damaging effects on your eyes so we don't want that to occur. It's as simple as remembering that of course, we cannot and should not look at the sun with the naked eye as well. 

With that said, NASA has informed us that it is recommended that special-purpose solar filters are necessary to take in this event even if some locations only get a partial eclipse. 

Also something to consider, is the idea of making your own pinhole project to look at the eclipse. It will cast a shadow and will show an image of the sun through a small hole. 

If you're adventurous, check out these two methods. 

Two sheets of paper method

Materials:

- Two index cards (or any two sheets of paper)
- Thumbtack or safety pin

Instructions:

1. Poke a hole in the middle of one of the sheets of paper with a thumbtack or safety pin.

Go outside and hold the sheet of paper with the hole in it towards to sun. Place the second sheet of paper under the shadow of the first piece of paper.

You will be able to view the sun on the the second sheet of paper. Move the second sheet of paper closer or further from the first sheet to focus image.

Cereal box method

Materials:

- Cereal box
- Aluminum foil
- Sheet of white paper
- Thumbtack or safety pin
- Tape
- Scissors

Instructions:

1. Trace the bottom of the cereal box on the sheet of paper and cut out the rectangle.

2. Tape the white paper on the inside bottom of the cereal box.

3. Cut about 1.5 inches off the sides of the top of the cereal box.

4. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that is large enough to cover one of the rectangular holes in the top of the cereal box. Tape the foil over the hole.

5. Poke a hole in the middle of the foil.

Voila! Go outside, make sure your back is TOWARD the sun. DO NOT look at the sun through the pinhole. You'll want to place the box over your head with the pinhole facing the sun and adjust your stance until you see the inverted image or projection of the eclipsed sun on the paper. View the sun/eclipse through the second hole in the top not covered by the foil. The Eclipse begins in Lima at 1:01:48pm with the mid eclipse happening at 2:27:42pm.  This will be the time the Moon covers most of the Sun at 88%.  The Eclipse will end at 3:49:37pm.

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