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A solar eclipse as seen from the edge of space

Hyperlapse footage of a solar eclipse, filmed from the edge of space by the Sent Into Space team. It was a part of their project for the BBC’s Earth from Space, which included this total solar eclipse from space in 360 VR.

In August 2017 we traveled to Wyoming to film a solar eclipse. We launched a high altitude weather balloon filled with helium to an altitude exceeding 50km, timing the apex of the flight to coincide with totality.

Using a series of cameras aligned with nanometre precision, we filmed 360 degrees of footage for three hours from launch. On landing, we stitched the footage together and digitally stabilised the footage frame by frame to artificially lock the viewer perspective on the horizon, cropping down to a traditional 16:9 ratio. Finally, we speed-ramped the footage to create the world’s first hyperlapse of an eclipse from the edge of space.

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Previously from Earth from Space: Shaolin Kung Fu training as seen from high above Earth and color from above: Filming animals from space. Plus: More videos of Earth’s curvature and solar eclipses.

Also, watch The World Below: Stunning footage from ISS, Hello Kitty Goes to Space, and from 18 miles above Earth: A Toy Train in Space.

Finally, ICYMI: See a total solar eclipse from space in 360 VR.

via Kottke.

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