Forgot Your Eclipse Glasses? At the MBL, Many Ways to View the Sun Were On Hand

Forgot Your Eclipse Glasses? At the MBL, Many Ways to View the Sun Were On Hand

A crowd of scientists, students, and staff gathered on the MBL Quad today to view the solar eclipse, bringing an array of home-made, found, or bought viewing devices!

Ruth Moon of Kings College, London, inverts a pair of binoculars to focus a projection of the eclipse on the ground in front of her. Photo: Emily Zollo

“I brought these binoculars here for whale watching,” said Moon, a student in the MBL’s Biology of the Inner Ear course. “I haven’t seen any whales yet.”

MBL Senior Scientist Zoe Cardon’s binocular set-up includes a foil sheet to provide shadow and contrast to the image. Photo: Lydia Mathger

Jim McIlvain uses a Zeiss pinhole “I found in my office” to focus the eclipse projection on the back of his iPhone. McIlvain is the Zeiss representative based at MBL. Photo: Diana Kenney

Zoe Cardon demonstrates how latticed fingers can act as pinholes, projecting several images of the eclipsed sun on the ground. Photo: Diana Kenney

At left, Martha Tarafa, Director of Major Gifts at MBL, uses a home-made cardboard box eclipse viewer while Ashley Bolbrock, Manager of Development Operations and Stewardship, views the projection through her hands. Photo: Diana Kenney

Those who thought and bought ahead had eclipse-viewing glasses. Photo: Emily Zollo

Grass Fellow Heather Rhodes of Dennison University made this eclipse viewer that also shows her lab spirit! Photo: Diana Kenney