Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Girl's Guide to Watching the 2017 Solar Eclipse

The 2017 Solar Eclipse is sure to be an exciting event visible from across all of North America. On Monday, August 21, the moon will block parts of the sun for 2-3 hours. Depending on where you are, you may even be able to see stars and other planets! Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council encourages everyone to enjoy the eclipse, but make sure to watch it safely. Watch the video, and follow these instructions to making your own Solar Eclipse Pinhole Projector.

What You'll Need

Tape, black tape, scissors, a utility knife, a pin, sheet of paper, aluminum sheet and two small, same-sized boxes.

Build a Pinhole Projector
  1. Cut the bottom off one box and the top off the other box with scissors. 
  2. On one box, cut two squares on opposite corners to create the pinhole and the viewer. 
  3. Next, cut your foil slightly larger than the pinhole opening.
  4. Tape the foil over the pinhole opening. 
  5. Use the pin to poke a hole in the foil. 
  6. Once the above steps are complete, take your sheet of paper and trace the edge of your other box on the paper.
  7. Cut your paper outline and tape the sheet to the inside of your box. 
  8. With your black tape, now tape your two boxes together and cover any openings. 
  9. Once your Solar Eclipse Pinhole Projector is made, with your back to the sun, look through the viewer. 
You've done it! The eclipse will be projected on the white paper inside the box. Want more guides? Subscribe to our YouTube channel

Did you know 90% of all female astronauts were Girl Scouts? If you have a passion for astronomy and space, visit for information about our Astronomy special interest group for girls and other opportunities to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).