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    Partial Solar Eclipse on October 23, 2014 visible to the Northern Hemisphere, predominately in East Asia and North America. The Time and Date of the eclipse by worldwide location may be found here or by city in the US here. Nonetheless, please be advised not to look directly into the eclipse without proper precaution! Luckily, I happened to recall learning the proper way to view a solar eclipse on an episode of Recess:

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    © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc. 

    Recess: "Outcast Ashley" episode synopsis:
    "Ashley A. is thrown out of the Ashley's for committing a major social faux pas. No longer repressing her interest in astronomy, she starts to hang out with Gretchen and gives her fashion advice while they both await the arrival of an upcoming total solar eclipse.

       © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.                                      © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

       © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.                                      © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

    Without further ado, Gretchen Grundler will demonstrate this DIY:
    Make a Pinhole Projector so we can view the upcoming solar eclipse. You can't look at an eclipse with the naked eye, you know, it'll scorch your retina. You need a special viewing apparatus like the one we are going to build. 

    © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc. 

    1) Supplies include the following: cardboard box, compass, french curve, scissors,
        straight edge, carbon paper, glue, cellophane tape, paper clips and pen.

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    2) All we have to do is poke a pinhole on a side of the box and cut a slant in the other.
        Poke a hole in the carbon paper with a paper clip and tape it over the pinhole. Create
        a viewing window by gluing transparent cellophane over the slant.

       © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.                                      © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

    3) This isn't a step, this is just Gretchen and Ashely A. casually walking into the sunset.

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    4) Reassemble the box and fashionably decorate for much needed ~ Ashley ~ statement.
        Then place the box such that the pinhole is directly facing the solar eclipse.

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    5) The light shines through the pinhole on the opposite side and when you look through
         the slant, you see the eclipse's projected shadow inside the box. Neat, huh?!?

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    Now a Partial Solar Eclipse will only be a sliver of a glimpse, but still all magnificent!

    © 1997 Disney Enterprises, Inc. 

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