Do you have the sun in a can?
June 22, 2013 9:39 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (9 comments total)
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Sometimes you don't need expensive professional cameras to make spectacular photos. Instead sometimes all you need is a beer can and a sheet of photographic paper
. That's how the Philippus Lansbergen Observatory
in Middelburg captured the movement of the Sun over a six month period, through a socalled solargraph.
Middelburg amateur astronomer Jan Koeman was the first to attempt to record a solargraph this way, back in 2010-11
, with the observatory distributed some 100 of these simple cameras around the city last year. However, in this day and age, even in the Netherlands, when somebody spots a foreign object taped to a road sign, their first idea is not harmless science experiment, but rather "terrorist object", so last year the bomb squad had to be called for one of these pinhole cameras
If this doesn't stop you from attempting this yourself, here's to how to make your own solargraph
The science and history buffs amongst y'all will of course have recognised Middelburg as the birthplace of the microscope