Gannon University Students Prepare for Historic NASA-Funded Solar Eclipse Research
Posted: June 16, 2017
On June 20 at 12:25 p.m., a team of Gannon students and faculty
will conduct a trial run to prepare for the historic research
project that will return the first-ever livestreamed video of the
solar eclipse in August.
The team of undergraduate students led by Wookwon Lee, Ph.D.,
associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and
Nick Conklin, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, will test, via
a tethered balloon launch, a package of instruments that they
designed and built that will ascend to 80,000 feet via
high-altitude balloon as part of a nationwide project funded by
As part of the Eclipse Ballooning Project, the Gannon team is
part of a select group of 55 colleges and universities nationwide
and three from Pennsylvania selected to conduct balloon flights
from about 25 locations across the total eclipse path.
The teams from across the country will livestream footage of the
total solar eclipse, in which the moon will entirely block the sun
for approximately two minutes on a path progressing from the
Pacific coast in Oregon (1:17 p.m. PCT) to the Atlantic coast in
South Carolina (2:47 p.m. EST).
The eclipse is expected to be the most-witnessed natural event
of the year and perhaps of all time.