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UHart and the Solar Eclipse: NASA CTSGC Leadership Team Shares Ways to Get Involved

Posted 08/18/2017
Submitted by Hisham Alnajjar
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

The NASA CTSGC (Connecticut Space Grant Consortium) leadership team is very excited for Monday’s solar eclipse. We have been quite busy organizing several activities associated with this once-in-a-lifetime event, which we hope you will consider engaging with.

Eclipse Ballooning Project:  The NASA CTSGC team, comprised of students and faculty from University of Bridgeport and University of Hartford, will launch high altitude balloons that engage in three separate activities: (a) NASA experiment to study extreme weather conditions, (b) measure climate conditions during an eclipse using radiosondes, and (c) livestream the solar eclipse. The balloons, which will be launched from Paducah, Kentucky, are expected to reach an altitude of up to 100,000 during the solar eclipse.

Here’s how you can watch:


NASA TV will have a 4-hour special on the day of the eclipse which includes live reporting across the path of totality throughout the US: 

University of Hartford stream: University of Hartford EBP Live Stream Channel:

University of Bridgeport stream: University of Bridgeport EBP Livestream Channel:

Social media: (use #Eclipse2017CT)

Facebook: University of Hartford

Twitter: Follow NASA CTSGC (@CTSpaceGrant) and/or search for hashtag #Eclipse2017CT or @UofHartford

Instagram: Follow NASA CTSGC (@CTSpaceGrant) and/or search for hashtag #Eclipse2017CT or

Snapchat: uofhartford

Harrison Libraries: If you are on campus, the library will show streaming of the solar eclipse including the University of Hartford stream. More information on campus viewing event

The Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford and NASA CTSGC have developed Eclipse Day Activities for museum visitors lead by Cater Arico, Associate Director of NASA CTSGC and two University of Hartford students. Updates and videos from our student and faculty team in Kentucky and a livestream of the NASA CTSGC Eclipse Ballooning Project will be shown.

Bridgeport Museum and Planetarium and NASA CTSGC have developed Eclipse Day Activities for museum visitors to be offered by NASA CTSGC consortium members. 

Team members:
Jake Courser, Student and Alum
Stefan Keilich, Student (traveling to KY)
Jon Malloy, Student and Alum
Mark Markeiwicz, Student (traveling to KY)
Zack Siegel, Student and Alum
Claudio Campana, Research Engineer (traveling to KY)
John Ferreira, Assistant Professor (traveling to KY)
Patricia Mellodge, Associate Professor and ECE Dept. Co-Chair
Hisham Alnajjar, Team Leader and Director of NASA CTSGC (traveling to KY)

Background of NASA CTSGC EBP:

NASA CTSGC website: Visit our website at and select Eclipse Ballooning Project NASA CTSGC EBP Video

Fox61 story (w/ video) of EBP: 

YouTube story of UH EBP team: 

We hope you are excited about the eclipse and choose to get involved in some of these activities. Happy eclipse viewing!