By now you've probably scoured the area and realized you may not get a pair of eclipse glasses by Monday's big event.
- See what Monday is supposed to look like during the eclipse
- FULL COVERAGE: Solar eclipse of 2017: Countdown, safety, fun facts
While there are lots of eclipse events planned around Central Florida, many library events are already full, and you may not be able to attend others.
The good news is there are lots of homemade ways to take part in the eclipse viewering, without looking directly at the sun. What you do instead is create devices that project the eclipse onto something.
Astronomers have come up with a number of homemade viewers over the years. Here are a few we've found.
- PINHOLE CAMERAS AND PROJECTION
- Tube Camera: These instructions from the Chabot Space and Science Center use a tube, aluminum foil, graph paper and a pin to made a kind of periscope to project the image.
- Paper Camera: NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab has a similar pinhole camera, but without the tube.
- Use your fingers: The American Astronomical Society has an even simpler way to see the eclipse.
- Get creative: Using the American Astronomical Society instructions for using your fingers, you can also try crackers like Saltines, or a slotted spoon.
- DIY Eclipse viewer: Handy with DIY? An astronomer at the College of Charleston came up with a $20 eclipse viewer using wood.
- Looking for more ideas? Try these websites:
MAKE A CEREAL BOX VIEWER:
Our meteorologists show you how to make a viewer using aluminum foil and a cereal box. Check out the video below, around the 6 minute mark.