COOL WAYS NEW MEXICANS VIEWED THE ECLIPSE Albuquerque dentist
A big crowd of about 250 people showed up at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to view the Great American Eclipse. The park passed out filtered glasses that were shared around when they ran out of supplies. Others used pin-hole cameras to view the eclipse indirectly.
The most high-tech views of the eclipse were captured by balloons capable of climbing to 100,000 feet, way above the cloud cover that blocked Albuquerque’s view from time to time. Eight of West Mesa High’s Navy JROTC students sent up a helium balloon with cameras to record photos and videos of the event. Balloons were also sent up by students from John Adams and Magdalena middle schools, as well as from Santa Fe, Belen, Valencia and Los Lunas high schools as part of the NASA-sponsored Eclipse Ballooning Project.
GPS tracking is used to follow the course of the balloons, most of which headed north toward the Santa Ana Pueblo. They have lost some in previous years, but make a concerted effort to locate them, since they cost about $2,000 apiece.
An article about the eclipse activities around Albuquerque in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.
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