Watch: UNC Student Detector Takes Flight During Eclipse
August 22, 2017
A device created by UNC students to measure particles in the upper atmosphere went up in a NASA weather balloon during Monday's solar eclipse. The launch, captured in this video by Assistant Professor Charles Kuehn, took place in Camp Guernsey in southeastern Wyoming. Kuehn, one of the team's faculty advisers, reports the device was retrieved across the border in neighboring Nebraska.
"We’ll pick up the detector from the recovery team later this week and start looking at the data," Kuehn said. "Hopefully we’ll have a very quick and dirty plot of the muon count (the particles students are measuring) within a week or two but deeper analysis will take a while."