Safe and cheap ways to view the solar eclipse

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HUNTSVILLE, Tex. (KBTX) - The last time there was a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States, the average cost to rent an apartment in the U.S. was just $178 a year. That was back in June of 1918.

On Monday, August 21st in our area, about 70% of the sun will be covered up in the total solar eclipse.

From about 1:00 p.m. until 1:30 pm will be the best time to view the eclipse, and there are several ways to see it even if you don't have a fancy telescope.

"Another creative way to do it is to take like a bucket of water and look at the reflection of the sun in the water. That's definitely low-tech, and sometimes those are the safest ways to do it," explained Michael Prokosch, the director of the planetarium and observatory at Sam Houston State University.

Other than the bucket of water, Prokosch suggested using a Rtiz cracker (or any cracker with tiny holes) or a colander as a pinhole projector. You can watch the part 4 video that is attached to the story to hear him explain these methods.

The Sam Houston State Society of Physics students are hosting an eclipse viewing party at the university observatory in Huntsville.

The community is invited to attend. They will be handing out free viewing shades.

No RSVP is required, but they are asking that people call 936-333-2711 if you plan on buying a t-shirt from them.

The Sam Houston State University observatory is located at 26 Knox Circle in Huntsville.