The Solar Eclipse is coming and lots of us would definitely like to observe it. However, what should we do when we’re neither astronomers nor meteorologists. We do not have special devices to watch the crown of sunbeams around the Moon. Well, don’t get upset immediately, we’re here to show you how not to miss this phenomenon and enjoy it to the full.
Firstly, identify when the Sun will meet the Moon in your place. Stellarium Sky Map app will help you to follow the movement of astronomic bodies, right from your mobile phone. The next step is more difficult: now you have to learn how to watch the eclipse without harm to your eyes. In the very simplest case, you can use:
- a smoked glass
- X-ray photograph
- spoilt film
One can also try to thieve a special mask from a welder, for example
If nothing of the above is available for you try making your own camera obscura. It is a darkened box with a small hole directed towards the Sun, containing a cut for your head. Quite an intricate device, isn’t it? Here you can find the instructions on how to make it professionally.
Of course, telescope will give you a better chance to watch the Sun as it creates brighter images with more contrast. Its scheme is presented in the picture below which shows you the real equipment of scientists who deal with the great science of astronomy. It defines not only the eclipse itself, but also the sunspots, solar flares, etc.