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How to make a pinhole camera to watch the total solar eclipse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Special glasses may look like the hottest item in town days away from the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, but they're getting hard to find.

That's why you may want to use seven items you already have to create pinhole eclipse glasses.

On Monday, a little before 2:30 p.m. eastern time, the moon will slowly pass over the sun's surface, creating a shadow for two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day: a total solar eclipse.

Ron Moyer said it's not a problem if you don't have glasses. He's going to make a pinhole camera.

"I'm going to use a hole in one piece of paper, and a screen on the other, so you don't have to look directly at it," he said. "I did this in the 60's. You can see the eclipse perfectly through the screen."

Here's how it works:

"The pinhole is your projection device," said Tom Tretter, director of the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. "It filters the sun's light through that hole and you can actually see the image of the sun."

You'll need a box of cereal, a piece of foil, one white sheet of paper, tape, scissors and a pin.

You can watch how to make the camera in the video!

"You'll see the Sun, nice and clean," Tretter said. "It's an easy way to do this without eclipse glasses."

With eclipse glasses flying off store shelves in bulk and Amazon recalling thousands of them over potential dangers, families and schools are scrambling for a solution. This may be it.

"It's just a wonderful phenomena to get to see or observe," Moyer said.

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