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.
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.