There’s no argument as to how many people would be fascinated with the idea of witnessing a complete Solar Eclipse at least once in their lifetimes. Considering the quasi-quantifiable frequency of this natural phenomenon and the inherent risks involved in a simple viewing of the event, it makes it fairly important to not miss out on this occasion. 

Here’s how we can help you make simple equipment to witness the eclipse. 

You can never look at the sun directly because that would hurt your eyes.

Trying to look at the sun would require a fair amount of preparation and protection, otherwise you could really hurt your sight. In fact, even that silver line on the crimp during a solar eclipse when most of the sun is covered by the moon is enough for your eyes to focus the light into you retina and cause a burn, and possibly, severe eyesight impairment.

Your best bet would be to make a DIY projector.

The simplest of which you can make with just two pieces of paper. Prick a hole through on sheet of paper (print paper works) and make sure the hole is clean and round – silver foil stuck to the paper could help. Then, with the eclipse to your back, you could hold the paper with the hole over your shoulder and project the image of the eclipse through the pinhole on to a wall or another sheet as the screen. 

Note: Do not try to look at the eclipse through the pinhole on the sheet.

You could use a similar technique to make a box projector.

It works on the same principle but is just a sturdier version of the simple paper projector. For this, you get a cardboard box, prick a hole through one end (again, clean and round) and cut out a hole in the back which will be lined with a paper. The back will then serve as a screen, and you could look at the eclipse by aiming the hole at the eclipse.

Here’s a video instructional on how you could make a pinhole box projector:

You could even use a pair of binoculars and a telescope to project the image onto a screen.

The same principle that works for a pinhole also works with optics. Again, you need to keep the eclipse to your back and aim the telescope over your shoulder toward the eclipse and have a screen in front of you to project the image onto. If you have a stand for your equipment then you could even set it up and chill.

Note: Can’t stress this enough, there should be no looking at the eclipse through the lens. Or in any other way, for that matter. Also, keep giving your lens a bit of rest every now and then, to help not damage the equipment.

Read up on the phenomenon more, and figure out the details of the 2016 solar eclipse that should be visible to a degree of 12% from Hyderabad, and other areas in India in smaller degrees.

The solar eclipse on March 9, 2016 should be visible between 6:29 AM and 6:47 AM from Hyderabad. So, don’t miss out on this. 

This time there’s no stopping me.

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