We’re just days away from the partial solar eclipse making its way through Rochester on Monday afternoon. By now, you’ve likely been warned not to look at the sun without the use of special looking glasses. Unfortunately, it appears that many places selling them are sold out (including the Rochester Public Library, which had been giving away pairs for free). If you weren’t able to get your special pair, I feel ya. Same here.

Outside of finding a friend or co-worker with glasses who’s willing to share, there are a few options for you to see what’s happening.

Use Tree Shadows…Or Your Own Fingers

Create A Pinhole Viewer

This is also fairly easy; you just need two thin sheets of white cardboard or paper to pull it off. Using a tack, punch a tiny hole in one piece of paper. When you’re outside, stand with your back to the sun. Then just hold the sheet with the hole above the other sheet and voila!

Create a Pinhole Box Projector

These definitely aren’t as cool as having those special shades, but it’s better than nothing!

Source: Newsweek