View the Solar Eclipse Using... a Tree?

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Intro: View the Solar Eclipse Using... a Tree?

Did you know that Mother Nature provides a completely natural way to view the solar eclipse? It’s true! And not only that, it’s perhaps one of the ODDEST things you’ll see when the eclipse is happening. And this all natural way to watch as the moon crosses the face of the sun is available to everyone, and works no matter how much or how little of the eclipse is happening where you live, making even a small partial eclipse as interesting and amazing as a full eclipse.

Step 1: What You’ll Need

1. Yourself. 2. A tree or a leafy plant.

Step 2: How It Works

The leaves of the tree or plant will cast shadows (obviously! :) but the spaces in between the leaves will act just like a pinhole in a piece of cardboard, which is a well known way to watch an eclipse.

Step 3: Here’s the BEST Part!

But what you’ll see is a whole array of solar eclipse pinhole projections, and it’s quite an eerie sight to see. It’s no wonder that, thousands of years ago, the eclipse was a fearful event that boggled the minds of early civilizations. You’ll probably find it somewhat bizarre, too, even though you know precisely why it happens.

Step 4: BONUS Step

So, you live in a barren wasteland with no trees or plants? Not to worry...use your hands! ;)

Be safe, have fun, and enjoy the upcoming eclipse in whichever way you choose to see it, but don’t forget to look down at the shadows on the ground, and don’t be surprised if what you see will perhaps be one of the best memories of the event!

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    mrsmerwin

    1 year ago

    I guess I should make sure that my camera batteries are charged. I would love to get a few pictures like the one you showed here.

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    babblin5mrsmerwin

    Reply 1 year ago

    If you’ve not experienced it before, the whole experience is pretty strange. You’re in for a treat! :D