How to watch with your own eyes
• Whatever you do, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION.
Staring at the Sun can damage your eyes permanently.
• DO NOT
use your sunglasses as protection. While sunglasses can protect your eyes under normal use, they will not protect your eyes while staring directly at the Sun.
• Even if you have adequate protection, don't look at the Sun for a long time, so remember to stop looking from time to time.
• The best protection is wearing welding goggles with No. 14 glass.
• The next best is buying an eclipse filter. They are inexpensive, but they are good enough to protect you. Make sure they are the good stuff, and not just dark plastic. You can see some brands and models here
• Use a telescope or binoculars. Again, these MUST have the proper filter.
Most brands come with eclipse filters, so you will be safe. But if you have any of these, you probably know what you are doing anyway.
• Use a pinhole projector. This will allow you to look at the Sun projected on a piece of paper, so it's perfectly safe. You will see the Venus shadow travelling on the paper. You can make these yourself following the instructions here
• Use a reflected pinhole projector. This is pretty awesome, as it will create a big image of the Sun on any wall. Use the instructions here
. It's also perfectly safe.