Alternative Ways to View the Eclipse

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Eclipse glasses are now becoming harder to find across the Stateline as the event is less than one week away.

Several phone calls to local retailers including Walmart, The Home Depot, Lowes and Toys R Us to name a few yielded similar results. "We're completely sold out.", said one Walmart sales associate over the phone. A quick check of their websites will also yield similar results as people rush to grab their pair of eclipse viewing glasses.

Amazon and other third-party selling websites still show some inventory on-hand however buyer beware as often times these pairs of supposedly certified glasses can be imitators and not contain the safe amount of UV protection. You'll also likely pay above the average selling price of a few bucks, too!

If you are not able to pick up a pair of viewing glasses before the event, there are plenty of other alternative viewing methods that will work just as well and both methods require items that you most likely have in your home.

NASA has several pinhole viewing devices that require little more than a sheet of copy paper, some aluminum foil, and scotch tape.

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/

If you are feeling more adventurous you can even create one out of similar supplies, adding in a cereal box to the mix.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-pinhole-projector-view-solar-eclipse

You can also use certified welders glasses/goggles as well that will work just as well as the eclipse glasses. These can be found at several local home improvement stores.