No eclipse glasses? No problem: NASA says DIY pinhole viewer will do the trick

5 easy steps to safely viewing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

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Pinhole Camera materials
Supplies/Credit NASA

Materials

Step 1: Cut a square hole into the middle of one of your pieces of card stock.
Step 1/Credit NASA

1. Cut a square hole

Cut a square hole into the middle of one of your pieces of card stock.

Step 2: Tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole.
Step 2/Credit/NASA

2. Tape foil over the hole

Tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole.

Step 3: Use your pin or paper clip to poke a small hole in the aluminum foil.
Step 3/Credit NASA

3. Poke a hole in the foil

Use your pin or paper clip to poke a small hole in the aluminum foil.

Step 4: Try it out
Step 4/Credit/NASA

4. Try it out

Place your second piece of card stock on the ground and hold the piece with aluminum foil above it (foil facing up). Stand with the sun behind you and view the projected image on the card stock below! The farther away you hold your camera, the bigger your projected image will be.

To make your projection a bit more defined, try putting the bottom piece of card stock in a shadowed area while you hold the other piece in the sunlight.

Step 5: Get Creative!
Step 5/Credit NASA

5. Get creative

For extra fun, try poking multiple holes in your foil, making shapes, patterns and other designs. Each hole you create will turn into its own projection of the eclipse, making for some neat effects. Grab a helper to take photos of your designs for a stellar art project you can enjoy even after the eclipse has ended.