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Watch live the total solar eclipse from near space on 21 August 2017

on 10 August 2017

On the occasion of the 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, the Eclipse Ballooning Project funded by NASA and inspired by the Eclipser 1 Romanian initiative, will see students conducting high altitude balloon (HAB) flights from about 25 locations across the total eclipse path, from Oregon to South Carolina, sending live video and images from near space to the NASA website.

Such video and images of a total solar eclipse from near space have only been taken once before, in Australia in 2012, when a team of high-tech eclipse hunters from Romania captured the event from a video camera mounted on a weather balloon that reached over 36,800 meters up, ranking third place among all-time Australian stratospheric flights. The mission was organised by Stiinta& with support from the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

The highlight of the mission was the fact that eclipse hunter and amateur astronomer Catalin Beldea, ROSA research scientist Florin Mingireanu and others on the team were able to obtain a video of the 14 November 2012 total eclipse from high enough up that the shadow of the Moon was visible on the Earth.

Inspired by the Eclipser 1 Romanian initiative, the Eclipse Ballooning Project aims to reproduce the experiment and now, for the first time, broadcast the observations live in a network of coverage across a continent.

More details about the total solar eclipse can be accessed here.

Image credit: NASA