While checking my Twitter feed on the train this morning I discovered that Sydney was to be treated to a partial solar eclipse… right now! Fortunately, you can safely view an eclipse with nothing more than a sheet of card and a pin – enough to make a pinhole camera. I had to share this with the kids at Alex’s childcare.
As soon as we arrived we got out a sheet of card, punched a tiny hole in it with a pin, held it out towards the sun and projected the image on a sheet of white paper. You could certainly see where a chunk of the Sun had been taken out by the Moon.
Back at the office I made a more “sophisticated” version by cutting out one side of an old tissue box, punching a tiny hole in one end and sticking some white paper at the other. Then I went outside an photographed the results. Unfortunately , the lens protector on my camera didn’t fully retract, but, hey, at least I got something for surprisingly little effort.
When I returned to my desk I discovered that the education group had been running an eclipse viewing session outside an adjacent building, but it’s kind of nice to have done something yourself.