Last Thursday there was a partial solar eclipse in the US. Where we are it hit maximum eclipse at 3:38pm. The last solar eclipse to come through here happened on a Sunday (in May 2012) so I was able to pull Brett out back and show it to me in our backyard. This time he was going to be at work. Not a problem though. Because for some reason we still have that Cheerio box turned pin hole viewer so I just put it in his car and gave him a call when he needed to find a moment to head out to the parking lot and take a look.
But that left me without a pin hole viewer. However, from the Venus transit in June 2012 I learned that you can watch the sun by setting up binoculars on a tripod and blocking one of the sides and making a larger shadow around the binoculars. That would be easier for Iddo to watch anyway. So I cut up a Lucky Charms box and used some duct tape and we were set to watch the sun. With our set up we were even able to observe the crazy sun spot that the astronomy world was talking about last week too.
Iddo was a bit more interested in what was in our backyard rather than what was going on above it. Perhaps by the next one in 2017 she’ll find it a little more fascinating.