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How to make a pinhole camera to watch the solar eclipse

You don't need fancy glasses or expensive equipment to watch the solar eclipse. With a few, everyday household items, you can make a pinhole camera and watch it safely that way.

You don't need fancy glasses or expensive equipment

A solar eclipse is seen from the beach of Ternate island, Indonesia, March 9, 2016. (Reuters)

As excitement for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse heats up, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies.

But you don't need fancy glasses or expensive equipment to watch the show. With a few, everyday household items, you can make a pinhole camera and watch the solar eclipse safely. 

Here's one simple DIY method, based on recommendations by NASA

Watch the video, or follow the instructions.

A DIY guide using common household items 0:35

What you need

✔️ A box.
✔️ Two sheets of white paper.
✔️ Aluminum foil.
✔️ Tape.
✔️ A paper clip.
✔️ A knife or scissors.

How to make it 

  1. First, cut a small piece of paper and paste it on the inside of the box.
  2. Next, cut out a hole in the box on the opposite side of the box. 
  3. Cover the hole up with tin foil and poke a small hole in the centre. 
  4. On the same side of the box, cut out another viewing hole.

And that's it! All you need to do now is look through the viewing hole to see the eclipse projection.