Simplest Pinhole Camera to see the Solar Eclipse in Toronto or Waterloo

There is definitely a lot of talk about today’s eclipse, and this info is probably coming to you a bit late but there is a simple way to view the total solar eclipse (or in my region of Canada, it will be a partial solar eclipse).

My wife and I used this technique for the partial eclipse that was visible in Waterloo a couple of years ago (2014 I think).

To view the eclipse without special equipment, you simply need a piece of paper or thin cardstock such as a business card or even a cereal box.

  • Poke a hole in the centre of the card.

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This is not for looking through! It is used to create a projection of the sun and moon’s shadow onto another card or even a wall if you have one in the right position.

  • Keep your back to the sun.

Light from the sun will shine through the hole and onto a surface such as a wall or another card or sheet of paper.

  • Take a photo or trace the image.

This would be a great way to demonstrate the eclipse to children in a classroom or as a keepsake for your kids.

Check out these links for more details on how to take photos of the total solar eclipse or how to make a pinhole projector you can use in the classroom or at home.