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How To Watch The Solar Eclipse – Transworld D.I.Y. Eclipse Viewer

What is in the box? A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.

While we have been trying to find an angle on the upcoming solar eclipse, our staff has been researching opportunities and mountains to bring optimum viewing options to our audience come August 21. While it is a little hard to come by as most of the snow pack has dwindled from the summer heat, it is easy to come by different ways to actually watch the retina burning spectacle since there has been a shortage of sun-safe options. Our office is nowhere near the path of totality, but we have been pretty stoked on the upcoming phenomenon, causing us to build our own eclipse box just in case we drive up to Oregon to check it out.

We are not scientists but we can pretty much guarantee you won’t burn your eyes out if you build this box and look away from the sun. It is the same principles of a pinhole camera/viewer. The light comes through the tiny opening and reflects onto a screen on the other side.


Step 1. Get a box, scissors, a pin, a piece of paper, and some foil (or TransWorld stickers).

The essentials, TransWorld approved.

You can use TransWorld stickers or not, but we prefer TransWorld stickers.

Step 2. Stick the paper inside the box to act as a screen for viewing the eclipse.

A piece of paper for proper viewing.

Step 3. On the opposite side of the box, cut a hole the size of a quarter.

Quarter sized hole for the whole eclipse.

Step one, cut a hole in the box…



Step 4.
Cover the hole with tin foil, or a sticker if you are stuck in an office with no foil.

Once again, we heard TransWorld stickers work the best.

Step 5. Make a pin-sized hole in the covering around the quarter hole.

It is no J.P. Prewitt (google the name), but it gets the job done.

Hence the term pinhole camera.

Step 6. Stick you head in the box, aim the pinhole at the sun, and enjoy.

An eclipse was not going on during the time of demonstration, so give us some slack.