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Portland State University engineering students and alumni sent weather balloons 100,000 feet in the air to capture the stunning photos.

COURTESY: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - A stereographic image created from weather balloon panoramic shots from 100,000 feet above the surface shows Oregon in darkness during the 2017 eclipse. Portland State University has released a remarkable video on the one-year anniversary of The Great American Eclipse, which covered parts of Oregon and the nation in total daytime darkness for about two minutes in 2017.

The time-lapse video, stitched together from more than 1,000 panoramic shots, is available for viewing on YouTube. It starts at about second 50 and shows a darkening patch of earth and the sun as the moon passes between them.



"For anyone who was in or near the path of totality last year, this is what was happening," said engineering student and project leader Rihana Mungin in a news release from the university.

The video and photos were made with nationwide funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to document the pan-American eclispe.

"Participating with 55 other schools to launch weather balloons to record the eclipse up close was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Mungin, an engineering undergraduate student at Portland State at the time of the eclipse, who is now a graduate student at PSU studying mechanical engineering.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - The images captured by the high-flying weather balloons show a portion of the Earth as the moon passed in front of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017.

The PSU weather balloons were launched from Corvallis.

The images were stitched together and treated with stereographic projection in order to show the Earth, sun and moon on a single plane for viewing in 2-dimension.


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