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
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.
April 8, 2024
• Launch Location: Grounds of the Amsterdam Inn & Suites, 383 Centreville Rd, Florenceville-Bristol, NB
• Spectators welcome: 2:30 pm ADT
• Launch time: Approximately 3:30 pm ADT
• 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.