CT students, faculty to help NASA livestream eclipse

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BRIDGEPORT -

Students and staff of a University of Bridgeport engineering lab are among the 55 teams from across the country that will help NASA livestream Monday's solar eclipse.

During the eclipse, the moon will entirely block the sun for about two minutes on a path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.

In Paducah, Kentucky, the group will launch two 8-foot-tall, helium-filled balloons that will carry video cameras and other equipment up to about 80,000 feet.

"All that streaming video is sent to NASA's central website and will broadcast as we understand it to hundreds of millions of people that day," says UB associate professor Dr. Jani Pallis.

UB makes up part of the Connecticut engineering team, along with the University of Hartford, the Discovery Museum and engineering students from Fairchild Wheeler High School in Bridgeport. They will also launch several weather balloons to conduct atmospheric testing.

Other teams taking part in the NASA-sponsored project will be stationed throughout the eclipse's band.

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