I know it is dangerous to look at the sun with unprotected eyes during
a solar eclipse so I would like to know some of the safe ways I can see
You're right--you shouldn't look directly into the sun. The sun can
damage your eyes even if you can only see a tiny part of it.
The easiest way to see an eclipse is by using two notecards. Poke a hole
in one notecard with a pin and let the sun shine through the hole onto the
second notecard. Hold the cards about half a meter apart. When the sun
is normal, you'll see a circle on the notecard. When the moon moves in
front of the sun, the circle will turn into a crescent.
Submitted by Victoria (age 6, Auckland, New Zealand)
(September 8, 1997)
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Learn about Earth and space science, and have fun while doing it! The games
section of our online store
includes a climate change card game
and the Traveling Nitrogen game
You might also be interested in:
Christmas Day in North America this year may see decorated trees, a feast for dinner or a special church service...but North America will also celebrate Christmas Day this year with the last eclipse of...more
It depends on which type of motion you are asking about. If you take a birds-eye view from the top of the solar system all the planets orbit around the Sun in a counter-clockwise (or direct) direction....more
Almost everyone has a question or two about living in space. What do astronauts do in space? How do they do everyday things like eat, sleep and go to the bathroom? It's important to note that astronauts...more
There is a really neat internet program called Solar System Live that shows the position of all of the planets and the Sun for any given day. If you go to that page, you'll see an image similar to the...more
The picture of the American Flag (the one put there by the Apollo astronauts) is waving (or straight out) in the wind. How could that be possible if there is no atmosphere on the Moon? Was it some sort...more
I was wondering if there is a new planet? Are there planets (a tenth planet?) after Pluto belonging to our solar system? What are the names of the new planets discovered in the solar system? Are there...more
If that is so, the energy released during the Big Bang must have created many such black holes. Therefore most of the Energy of the Big bang must have disappeared in that form. Then how did the Universe...more