Waiting for the Solar Eclipse, Illinois, 1963

Waiting for the Solar Eclipse, Illinois, 1963

During the solar eclipse of 1960, hundreds of people had suffered permanent eye damage from looking directly at the sun. So, to watch the eclipse of 1963 safely this fifth-grade students in Maywood, Illinois made “Sunscopes”. Simply by piercing a three-millimeter hole in cardboard boxes to create crude pinhole cameras, the students could watch an…