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Family Fun Eclipse 2017

Of course I’m writing about our eclipse 2017 experience! You guys I dropped the ball big time. I didn’t realize how big of a deal this eclipse was. By the time I sat down to order the glasses I stood absolutely no chance of getting them. If I’m being honest, I was a little anxious about the legitimacy of purchasing the solar eclipse glasses from amazon, or other online retailers. My husband and I researched a bit on the internet and found a couple of different locations nearby that were having an eclipse event and planned to head to our local Science Center for both the educational purposes and some good ole family fun.

As soon as we arrived at the Science Center to view and learn about the ECLIPSE we learned that the event had already sold out of all of their eclipse glasses (go figure). Immediately I looked at my husband and said ok, let’s go. We had exactly 1 hour until the eclipse was going to be at it’s peak and no time to waste. I guess I didn’t realize what exactly was about to happen or how impossible it would be to obtain a pair of these eclipse glasses. Ehh you win some and you lose some right? I was incredibly hopeful that the event wouldn’t sell out of their glasses… I should have had my kids make projectors before we left “just in case.”

Anyways, my oldest daughter and I ran in to Target and snatched up our supplies: 2 white poster boards, aluminum, toothpicks, scotch tape and a few boxes of the cheapest cereal we could find. We were in and out of Target in 10 mins start to finish.

On our way home I pulled up the NASA Goddard’s Space Flight Center video, “How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse” and immediately jumped in to our project upon arriving at home. We had 30 mins or so to make 5 cereal box pinhole projectors. I’m relieved to say the project was super easy and effective. Brian and I made the projectors in record time and thew together a quick poster board projector with aluminum on one board and a second white poster board and outside we went! Brian and I looked at each other and sighed a big ole sigh… Thank God it worked.

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