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Do-it-yourself eclipse viewer

Photo credit: WPDE

If you watch the solar eclipse you'll want to protect your eyes--and special eclipse glasses aren't your only option.

Amanda Kinseth from our Myrtle Beach station has a do-it-yourself project: building your own eclipse viewer.

1. Trace the bottom of an empty cereal box on a white piece of paper. Cut the tracing from the larger piece of paper.

2. Tape the tracing to the inside bottom of the cereal box.

3. Seal the top.

4. Cut rectangular holes in opposing sides of the top of the cereal box. The rectangles should be several inches long and extend the full width of the top.

5. Cover one of the rectangular holes completely with aluminum foil and seal the edges with tape.

6. Using a nail, poke a small hole in the aluminum foil.

7. Watch the eclipse by standing with your back to the sun and looking into the larger hole cut into the top of the cereal box. The sun should be projected through the hole in the aluminum foil onto the white paper at the bottom of the box, allowing you to safely view the eclipse without looking toward the sun


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