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Pinhole projection and other alternate eclipse-viewing techniques

Pinhole projection
Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 18:02:00-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- If you bought a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses or lenses, and you start having doubts about their safety certification or effectiveness, there is still a multitude of ways to still see the partial solar eclipse in our region.

  • A pinhole projection is a simple, low-cost, do-it-yourself way to see the image of the eclipse.  Poke a small hole in a sheet of posterboard, cardstock, or even aluminum foil, and allow the sun to shine through the hole.  The pinhole will project the image of the sun onto the ground or a separate piece of paper, where you'll be able to view the phases of the solar eclipse.  The pinhole should not be used to look at the sun directly; it should only be used to project the image onto another surface.
  • Local universities and museums may offer eclipse-watching parties or gatherings during the Monday afternoon spectacle.  Check with your local institutions to determine the scheduling of any special public eclipse events in your community.
  • ABC News will provide live special coverage of the eclipse as it occurs across the country, likely including images of the total eclipse from select points around the nation.  Broadcast coverage will begin Monday at 1:00 p.m. on WTXL, as well as online at

Additional methods and ideas can be found at the American Astronomical Society's website.