My neighbor Wendy came over to our house to watch the solar eclipse. You can see our scientific arsenal, a colander, a red plastic dish pan filled with water and a big stainless steel bowl filled with water. We did not have any of the special glasses but we heard that you could watch the eclipse as a reflection in water, even if it was only a bowl of water. You can also hold up a colander with good sized holes over a sheet of white paper or poster board.
The red dish pan gave the better reflection of the solar eclipse, but we did try some other techniques. I should say, our sky was cloudy and this good photo came through the clouds. When there was a brief moment with no clouds, the eclipse was way to bright to look at. Not as bad as looking directly at the sun, but not good either. We were very happy to have those high clouds.
The photo does not have sharp definition, but this colander creates shade and causes each hole to created an eclipse image. This reminded us of an eclipse in 1994 when we were both working at Williams College. Everyone was out on the campus and we walked by some small trees with light foliage and on the grass we saw shadows of the foliage, and in the patches of sun between the leaf shadows we saw hundreds of tiny eclipses. An amazing discovery then – and now.
Again there is not sharp definition in the photo, but also again you can (barely) see eclipses between the shadows of a densely leaved sycamore.
By chance we had to get something from our bedroom and saw all these eclipses caused by the shadows of our blinds. One eclipse (I don’t know why) was beautifully clear.
I plan to have a pair of those scientific glasses by the time we have the next solar eclipse in 2024.