All pumped up to the watch the solar eclipse on August 21, but can't find any eclipse glasses? No worries! You can make your own pinhole projector for safe viewing with just 3 simple supplies.

On August 21 Rockford will be able to witness a partial eclipse, meaning we will only see about 80% of the sun covered by the moon. The event will begin around 11:51 a.m., with its peak viewing time at about 1:21 p.m. Since we will not see a total eclipse of the sun, staring directly at the sun WILL NOT BE SAFE at all during this event. If you plan on watching it, special eclipse glasses or viewers are a MUST, but are pretty hard to come by these days. Most stores are sold out or charging ridiculous prices for them, and there are a lot of unsafe knockoffs circulating the internet, so buyers beware.

Don't panic about missing out though, a safe way to view the eclipse can be made at home with just 2 pieces of paper and a pushpin or needle. Here's how to do it...

 

 

If you want to get a little fancier with your eclipse DIYing, you can also try this method using a cereal box.

 

 


 

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