How to safely capture the total solar eclipse

Viewers are less than two weeks away from witnessing the total solar eclipse, and the once in a lifetime event is something they will likely want to remember.

The Carnegie Science Center urges viewers to think twice, however, before looking up or snapping a picture.

“That’s very dangerous,” Mike Hennessy tells FOX. “Because that’s focusing light on you that could harm your eyes, and also it can ruin your phone or your camera.”

Viewing the eclipse straight on is also a no-go. Hennessy says “it’s never okay to look at the sun's rays, even if the moon is blocking part of the sun.”

So, here are four ways to safely see the eclipse.

  1. Use NASA-approved eclipse-viewing glasses.
  2. Use a cereal box to get a photo of the eclipse’s reflection.
    1. Make a pinhole at the front of a cereal box.
    2. Cut out a hole that you can view through, so you're not viewing through the pin, but, rather through this larger hole.
    3. You have a strip of white paper that you place in the back, and you can actually look through this hole at a projection of the partial solar eclipse.
    4. You can take your phone, point it into your pinhole projector and take an image of that projection you made of the solar eclipse.
  3. Just like the cereal box, but this time, you're using a post card.
    1. Punch a pinhole in the center of a postcard and project an image of the eclipse onto a light piece of paper.
    2. Now you can look at the projection of the eclipse on that piece of paper.

Or, how about a colander?

Hennessy says during a partial solar eclipse, viewers won't actually see those circles.

“What they’ll see are crescent shapes on the piece of paper because the moon will be covering most of the sun,” Hennessy says.

If it's cloudy, viewers won't be able to see the eclipse at all, but NASA will be streaming the spectacle live on its website.

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