project How to Make a Pinhole Camera You don't need fancy glasses or equipment to enjoy one of the sky's most awesome shows: a solar eclipse. With a few simple supplies, you can make a pinhole camera that lets you watch a solar eclipse safely and easily from anywhere. Materials 2 pieces of white card stockAluminum foil Tape Pin, paper clip, OR pencil 1. Learn about solar eclipses Watch the video above to learn about how the Moon plays an important role in solar eclipses. Then find out more about solar eclipses from NASA's Space Place.En Español ¿Qué es un eclipse solar? Eclipses lunares y solares 2. Start making your pinhole camera Cut a 1-inch to 2-inch square or rectangular hole in the middle of one of the pieces of card stock. + Expand image 3. Tape on the foil Tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole.+ Expand image 4. Poke a hole Flip over your paper and use your pin, paper clip, or pencil to poke a small hole in the aluminum foil.+ Expand image 5. Read this important safety note! Your pinhole camera will let you see an image of the Sun that is safe to look at. But remember to never look directly at the Sun without equipment that's specifically designed for looking at the Sun. Note that sunglasses, binoculars, and telescopes do NOT count as proper protection. For more information on safe eclipse viewing, visit the NASA Eclipse website. 6. Try it out Place your second piece of card stock on the ground and hold the piece with aluminum foil above it (foil facing up). Stand with the Sun behind you and view the projected image on the card stock below! The farther away you hold your camera, the bigger your projected image will be. To make your projection a bit more defined, try putting the bottom piece of card stock in a shadowed area while you hold the other piece in the sunlight.+ Expand image 7. Get creative For extra fun, try poking multiple holes in your foil to make shapes, patterns, and other designs. Each hole you create will turn into its own projection of the Sun, making for some neat effects. Grab a helper to take photos of your designs for a stellar art project you can enjoy even after the eclipse has ended.+ Expand image 8. What else can you use as a pinhole camera? Look for items around the house or classroom with small holes in them – like a colander – to act as your pinhole camera. As before, hold it over the card stock on the ground to see the projected image.What do you notice about the light shining through different objects? What about when you move the objects closer to your projected image or farther away? 9. How it works A pinhole camera works because the small hole you made with your pin, paper clip, or pencil acts like a tiny camera lens. Light from the Sun enters the pinhole (or the holes in an object like a colander), it gets focused, and then it is projected out of the other side of the hole. When the projected light reaches a surface, like the second piece of paper, you can see the image that passed through the pinhole.Learn more in the video above from artist Bob Miller's Light Walk at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. 10. Take it to the next level Using what you learned while building your pinhole camera, challenge yourself to make this cereal box eclipse viewer.