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WATCH: Using Your Phone in Selfie Mode to View the Eclipse

And Can You Take a Selfie During the Eclipse?

August 21, 2017

Don't have eclipse glasses? It's probably too late to find them. You can, however, still witness North America's first total eclipse in 99 years by using one of these "life-hacks."

PUTTING YOUR PHONE INTO SELFIE MODE 
This has been a popular question that we've seen online this week. Can you put your phone in selfie mode to view the eclipse?

The short answer? Sort of.

NASA says that you should not stare at long at the sky for too long, of course. The biggest risk would come when you're looking to the sky to line up the selfie shot. Apple says that the sun will NOT damage your phone's camera, by the way. 

Some other last minute tips:

CEREAL BOX VIEWER
You can make a viewer by using a cereal box. You just need some aluminum foil and tape. It's pretty easy to make by watching this instructional video below.



Get cracking! There's only a few hours left:

MORE ECLIPSE COVERAGE:

USE A COLANDER
Yes, you can get one from your kitchen view today's eclipse. You know the thing that you use on pasta night in your house, right? Apparently, all you really need is an index card too? Find out how this life hack works here.

HAVE ECLIPSE GLASSES?
We won't have to wait too long for the next total solar eclipse.

The next one will travel across North America in April 2024. Some eclipse glasses do expire, however, so you may want to check on the pair that you have at home if you were planning on saving them.