How to make a solar eclipse viewer


Here’s how to watch the solar eclipse safely to prevent eclipse blindness. Video by Jeremy Wyatt

The solar eclipse is just a few weeks away

While it is a much-watch event, you don’t want to actually look at the sun during the eclipse. 

Making an eclipse viewer is easy and allows you to see the moon as it moves to cover the sun. 

Download our solar eclipse viewer instructions:

We broke it down in two simple steps:

Items Needed

You will need this print out, a blank white sheet of paper and a sharp pin, needle or thumb tack.

Step 1

Use a thumb tack, pin or needle to create a clear pinhole in the center of the viewing card. 

Step 2

Stand with your back to the sun. Place the blank sheet of paper on the ground in front of you and hold the viewer above your shoulder. 

Where is the best place to watch the solar eclipse?


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Nashville is the largest U.S. city in the eclipse’s path. It made the list of the Top 10 Best Places to Watch The Eclipse

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If you’re in Nashville, there are so many places to go. Here’s a list of our Top 10 picks in the Nashville area. You can also visit the Convention & Vistors Corp. website for more ideas:

More: When and what time is the 2017 solar eclipse?

Michael Campbell of the Indianapolis Star contributed to this report.


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