The strongest geomagnetic storm of Solar Cycle 25 was underway on Nov. 4th when the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a cosmic ray research balloon. This noctilucent wolf pendant went along for the ride.
It's "noctilucent" because it glows in the dark following exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation.
The payload of radiation sensors and lupine jewelry traveled 103,630 feet above Earth's surface. After the balloon exploded (as planned), the payload parachuted back to Earth, landing in Death Valley Wash on the northern end of Death Valley National Park. The wolf had a wild ride and the students got great data for their atmospheric radiation monitoring program.
Each pendant comes with a greeting card showing the wolf in flight and describing its journey to the edge of space and back again.
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