ECLIPSE

There was a solar eclipse on the 10th June 2021. This is always an enjoyable spectacle to view. It pays to be cautious and make sure you protect yourself when viewing an eclipse so with this in mind I’ve made a small list of instructions on how to create a pinhole projector which will allow everyone to view future eclipses without damage to their eyes especially if, like me, they forgot about the eclipse until the last minute:

1) To make a pinhole projector, take a sheet of paper & using a pin poke a small hole in the middle of it, ensure that the hole is smooth.

2) Turn so that your back is facing the Sun & hold the pinhole piece of paper above your shoulder allowing the Sun to shine onto another sheet of paper and you will see an inverted image of the Sun projected on the paper screen through the pinhole.

 

I unfortunately didn’t have a telescope or camera to hand to take any pictures of this eclipse so I used a pinhole to view it but some people have sent in their pictures to the BBC which you can view here: [3]

There are more eclipses coming up soon which are viewable from different parts of the world. The dates that the next four are happening on are as follows:

18 – 19th November 2021 - Partial Lunar Eclipse

4th December 2021 - Solar Eclipse

30th April 2022 - Partial Solar Eclipse

15 – 16th May 2022 - Lunar Eclipse

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