A group of intrepid stargazers will be hoping to capture the March 20 solar eclipse in a unique way by sending GoPro cameras mounted on balloons into the stratosphere.
Techies at zero2infinity, a company that conducts unmanned scientific and technical flights to the edge of space using balloons, will look to give anyone with a smartphone a more up close and personal look at the eclipse later this month.
The eclipse, which will only be in full flow in parts of Scandinavia, could plunge the UK into darkness by blocking out a whopping 98% of the sun's rays.
Zero2infinity will look to give stargazers a 360 degree video of the eclipse from 31-miles above Earth for the entirety of its duration.
A statement on the Spanish company's website reads: “We will record and deliver images of the arctic eclipse and its shadow from above the clouds, showing the world what an eclipse looks like from space.
"We will use our zero-emissions stratospheric balloon to carry GoPro cameras mounted on a rig to record a 360 degree spherical video at an altitude where the view of the Earth and the Sun is very similar to what astronauts experience from the International Space Station.
"Then, on the ground you will receive the video feed into your tablet or smart phone, being able to feel as if you were in Space – looking out your 'window' to see the whole world below."
The company are currently embarking on a crowdfunding campaign to embark on a mission to Svalbard - a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean halfway between Norway's mainland and the North Pole. With 25 days to go, they have so far raised £2,000 of their £18,000 target.
"Spain’s weather conditions are quite different than snowy Svalbard’s, and the balloon recovery terrain might be very hard to access," the company website adds. "What good is it to fly a camera if we can't recover it and watch the images?"