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Balloon Climbs 20 Miles To View Eclipse


September 4, 2017

Among the many scientific experiments that took place at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman during the eclipse on Aug. 21, one professor and his team of student scientists were playing with a balloon.

Doug Knight, professor of physics and earth science at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and his team of students, launched a high-altitude, 15-foot-wide balloon at PARI, where it rose inconspicuously to the cloudy sky as the moon approached the sun.

“We got the balloon up to 99,400 feet, about 20 miles,” Knight said, “and that’s pretty darn high.”

Knight and his team wer...

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