In August of 2017, the team at Sent Into Space travelled to Fort Laramie, Wyoming to capture something incredible for the BBC. Using a high-altitude weather balloon and a 360° camera array, they captured what they claim is “the world’s first hyperlapse of an eclipse from the edge of space.”
The resulting footage was only just shared today on the company’s YouTube channel, revealing a view of the 2017 total solar eclipse from 50km up, or approximately 165,000ft.
To be clear, this isn’t the first time a solar eclipse has been captured from near-space or even in space. Liem Bahneman sent up his own weather balloon in August of 2017, and this video was captured by GOES-16, one of the world’s most advanced weather satellites. The footage above sits somewhere in the middle (altitude wise), but you can also watch it in the original 360° on BBC Earth’s YouTube channel.
Check out the stabilized, 16:9 hyperlapse up top, and then head over to the Sent Into Space website to learn more about how the team captured what they’re calling “our most daring missions ever.”