Didn't have time to pick up a pair of NASA approved solar eclipse glasses?It's not too late to safely see the eclipse. Using your Dropps Box, you can make a pinhole projector, which allows you to see a reflected image of the event.
While eclipse glasses filter out light, the pinhole camera projects the light from the sun onto another surface, so you're looking at a reflected image instead of directly at the sun.
DIY step-by-step guide
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How to Make Your Dropps Pinhole Eclipse Projector
- Turn your box up on one end and trace the bottom of the box on a piece of white paper.
- Cut out the rectangle.
- Tape paper to inside bottom of box. (If you can't tape the paper to the bottom of the box, you can just place it there. It should stay in place.) Pro Tip: It may be easier to cut out the inner flap so you only have to cut through one piece of cardboard.
- Close the top of the box.
- Cut two holes in the top of the box.
- Cover one hole with foil. Tape foil to box.
- Poke a small hole in the middle of the foil.
How to Use Your Dropps Pinhole Eclipse Projector
Take your pinhole projector outside and face away from the sun so that its light shines into the pinhole.
Look through the hole you did not cover, and you will see the sun projected on the paper inside the box.