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Schools participating in first-of-its-kind Total Solar Eclipse project

A scientific balloon made of super-thin polyethylene (NASA)

Students from more than 50 locations in the total solar eclipse path, including here in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, will be part of a never been done before national weather/space project surrounding the historic total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

The schools will release high altitude weather balloons to capture live footage and images from the edge of space across the entire continent. This will then feed back to the NASA website so everyone can see the eclipse as it passes over the USA online.

Locations near the Fox 17 News viewing area include:

  • Vanderbilt/Pellissippi State College
  • APSU Physics and Astronomy in Clarksville
  • Hopkinsville Community College

Normally these weather balloons feed weather data daily, but this time they will be for viewing the solar eclipse at a very high altitude!

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