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How to safely view a solar eclipse

3:24 PM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
Children viewing a solar eclipse with special glasses. Courtesy: Getty Images
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With the buzz building over the upcoming "Ring of Fire" solar eclipse, the National Parks Service put together a quick list on the three safest ways to observe the event without damaging your eyes:

1. Use Proper Eyewear - You must wear either "eclipse shades", welder's glasses #14 or higher, or similar solar viewing glasses or cards.

2. Make a Pinhole Camera - The most simple way to do this according to the NPS is as follows: "Take two pieces of white cardboard or posterboard. Cut a hole in the middle of one, about an inch square, and cover it with aluminum foil. Use a pin to poke a tiny hole in the aluminum foil. Facing away from the sun, hold up the two pieces of cardboard so that the sun's image shines through the pinhole onto the other sheet."

3. Create a "Solar Projection" with a Pair of Binoculars or a Spotting Scope - The NPS recommends"holding the binoculars out in front of you so that the wide end is pointed toward the sun and the narrow end toward a white surface such as an index card. If you hold the binoculars so as to minimize the binoculars' shadow, and hold the card several inches away, the sun's image can be projected onto the card." Limit viewing sessions to one minute or less to avoid overheating of the optics.

*WARNING* MAKE SURE NOBODY LOOKS THROUGH THE EYEPIECE DIRECTLY

Enjoy the eclipse!

For more information visit the National Parks Service Website.

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