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WHAT IS THE BALLOON SOLAR ECLIPSE PROJECT?

  • On April 8, 2024, central New Brunswick will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse—the first time since the year 932 at this location, and the only citizen-led project of its kind outside of NASA.
  • As part of an initiative by the Western New Brunswick Regional Service Commission to make the region a destination for the eclipse, a unique and exciting project is underway to develop a balloon-borne solar telescope that will be launched by means of an unmanned high-altitude balloon on April 8, 2024.

IN THE NEWS

Newred copy CBC News - New Brunswick man with a passion for astronomy has unique plan for viewing solar eclipse / What if it’s cloudy on eclipse day? / Balloon Solar Eclipse Project to project images to 5 locations in the NB Western Valley / Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and comedian James Mullinger to headline Solar Eclipse show / Launch location and time announced / Bell Canada partners in the Balloon Project

GET AN IN-PERSON FRONT ROW SEAT AND OBSERVE THE ECLIPSE FROM NEAR SPACE

  • The onboard camera will provide live, magnified, telescopic images of the total eclipse of the Sun from the stratosphere to ground-based audiences in Western New Brunswick and to a world-wide audience via the internet.
  • Col. Chris Hadfield speaks about his experiences and expertise. Listen, learn and be inspired by one of Canada's premier Astronauts. Monday, April 8 from 7-9 pm ADT at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre (40 McCain St, Florenceville-Bristol. More information here.

THE TALENT BEHIND THE PROJECT

  • This project was conceived as a community-based initiative with volunteers from various backgrounds interested in increasing public awareness and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by leveraging the rare and natural occurrence of a solar eclipse.
Balloon Solar Eclipse Project test launch

SCHEDULE
April 8, 2024

• Launch Location: Grounds of the Amsterdam Inn & Suites, 383 Centreville Rd, Florenceville-Bristol, NB
Spectators welcome: 2:30 pm ADT
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Launch time: Approximately 3:30 pm ADT
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Time of totality: 4:32:19 pm ADT

NOTE: For safety reasons, there is a security perimeter around the launch site. The public will not be allowed inside the security zone.

Volunteers will be on site to help with parking, directions and safety issues.

Balloon Solar Eclipse Project test launch
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