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Making a Camera Obscura
by Kay Tracy


I like sharing science that is easy to do, educational, and—at least to me—fun. I’m going to share some ancient technology, so get ready to make your own scientific instrument for under five dollars! A pinhole viewer will allow you to observe the sun, see an eclipse when it happens in your area, and maybe even catch sunspots, all while protecting your eyes.

With all the astronomical happenings these days, it is hard not to want to see some of the amazing sights. Lunar eclipses are easy enough, just go outside at the right time of the night and look up at the moon.

However, solar eclipses are a bit more involved. Historically, from a science aspect, this device…

Read more in our Fall 2022 #Homemade issue.

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