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Christopher School Solar Eclipse viewer instructions and information


Eclipse Bell Schedule and Information for Monday, August 21st

Eclipse Period                        9:49 - 10:19

Please note that we changed recess times of Kinder through 6th grade so that students do not look up at the eclipse and hurt their eyes.  Instead, some of our teachers will be taking out their students to look through shoebox viewers…the link below share some safety information as well as a visual of how to make a shoebox viewer.  All of our students saw this video at the assembly on August 18th.


PLEASE HELP US BY REMINDING YOUR CHILD TO NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE ECLIPSE.  The sun’s rays are quite intense during an eclipse and they will suffer eye damage from looking directly at the eclipse even for a very short period of time.

The best way to view an eclipse is through a simple pinhole camera. To build one, all you need are a few household supplies: a box (a shoe box will work), a small piece of tinfoil, a white sheet of paper, tape, a pin or needle, and a box cutter or X-Acto knife. 

Here's how to make a solar eclipse viewer 5 easy steps:

Step 1. Cut a small hole (about 1 inch across) in one end of the shoe box, near an edge.

Step 2. Tape a piece of tinfoil over the hole.

Step 3. Using a pin or needle, punch a hole in the center of the foil.

Step 4. Tape a small piece of white paper to the inside of the box, at the opposite end from the foil-covered hole. The paper should be positioned so that light entering the box through the pin hole will hit it. This is where you'll look for the sun.

Step 5. Cut a 1-inch-diameter hole in the box near the image screen (the white piece of paper), but on a different side of the box — the side adjacent to the screen. This is your viewing hole; it must be positioned such that you can look through it at an angle and see the image screen.

When the time comes for the eclipse, hold the shoe box so that it lines up with its own shadow, demonstrating that it is aligned with light from the sun. Stand so that when you look through the viewing hole, you can see a tiny bead of light on the image screen; that's the sun. During the eclipse, you'll see the shadow of the moon pass in front of the sun.