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Portland State unveils breathtaking images of last year's eclipse coming from weather balloons



One year after the total solar eclipse of recent years, Portland State University has released photos of a NASA-funded project that captured the moment of totality in an unprecedented way.

The PSU team launched weather balloons with digital cameras in Corvallis, Ore. The cameras collected thousands of photos, which were assembled into unique spherical panoramas that captured the moon, the sun, and the earth all at once.

A special imaging system and image processing was used to create a video

"Attending 55 other schools to launch weather balloons up close and personal with the solar eclipse was a unique opportunity," said Rihana Mungin, project manager Engineer in Portland State at the Time of the Solar Eclipse

"For anyone who was in or near the path of totality last year, this happened," said Mungin, who is now a PhD student at P. SU

This video of Earth Sun-Moon systems during the solar eclipse were created from 7 faded panoramic images taken from the third balloon at a height of about 100,000 feet. View the full Photo Gallery here

The project was funded by the NASA Oregon Space Grant Consortium as part of the NASA Space Grant Eclipse Ballooning Project. PSU released it on Tuesday, on the one-year anniversary of the solar eclipse.


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