The story of Einstein, imagination, and the Eclipse Balloon
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The story of Einstein, imagination, and the Eclipse Balloon

OSP Round Table. April . 11. th. , 2017. What is solar physics?. Stories. Einstein . Eclipses. Eclipse ballooning. Where . you can see the eclipse and why totality is totally the way to go. Famous eclipses: Einstein and General Relativity.

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The story of Einstein, imagination, and the Eclipse Ballooning Project

OSP Round Table

April

11

th

, 2017

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What is solar physics?

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Stories

Einstein

Eclipses

Eclipse ballooning

Where

you can see the eclipse and why totality is totally the way to go

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Famous eclipses: Einstein and General Relativity

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Einstein and General Relativity

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Testing General Relativity

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The African Island Principe, 5/29/1919

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After nearly 4 decades

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Sun, Earth, Moon dance

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Montana Space Grant Consortium

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High Altitude Ballooning

Space-like environment

Mission-likeMultidisciplinary

100,000 feet up; flights last ~2 hours

Typical high altitude balloon flight

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Eclipse Ballooning

Hundreds of millions

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Primary Challenges

Technology

Weight

Cost

Regulations

Bureaucracy

Massive collaboration

Time

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Let’s try to change this!

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How it all works

Ground station antennas

Iridium Modem

900 MHz still

5.8 GHz video

Ground station computer

Web

Ethernet

terminate

Xbee

Data server

Xbee

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It’s all about perspective

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Eclipse Radiosonde Science

What happens in the atmosphere as the eclipse shadow blasts across 3,000 miles in 90 minutes?

How do we measure that?

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Your Local Eclipse

Casper,

WY

Billings,

MT94% Obscuration

Path of

Totality

Casper is a 4 hour drive from Billings

Bozeman,

MT

95% Obscuration

Rexburg, ID

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August

21st, 2017

Where will you be?

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NASA’s eclipse websitehttps://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

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Watch live on NASAand StreamEclipse.live

*8-21-2017*

http://eclipse.montana.edu